The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

 |  Documentary  |  15 May 2002 (USA)
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The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.


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Credited cast:
Charles Atlas ...
Leigh Bowery
Michael Bracewell ...
Sophie Fiennes ...
Bella Freud ...
Damien Hirst ...
Stewart Laing ...
Rifat Ozbek
Stella Stein
Richard Torry ...


This documentary explores the life and times of artist/designer/performer/provocateur Leigh Bowery. He designed costumes and performed with the enfante terrible of British dance Michael Clark, designed one of a kind outrageous costumes and creations for himself, ran one of the most outrageous clubs of 1980s London club scene Taboo (later immortalized in Boy George's Broadway musical, and was the muse of the great British painter Lucian Freud. The film includes interviews with Damien Hirst, Bella Freud, Cerith Wyn Evans, Boy George, and his widow Nicola Bowery. The sound score is by Richard Torrey, who performed with Bowery in their band Minty. Written by Lucy Sexton

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Release Date:

15 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Leigh Bowery  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,038 (USA) (28 November 2003)


$10,445 (USA) (5 December 2003)

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1.78 : 1
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Art or artifice?
22 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An interesting piece, this documentary trots out a succession of pseuds and "artists" to express their ideas on Leigh Bowery. Sure he was a sort of original supreme exhibitionist where "getting ready became an art form" as someone says in the course of this. It's a little pathetic the desperation of that clique of people who would go so far in order to be different or original or outrageous. It amazes me how the media fall for this stuff over and over again-they are so gullible- Maclaren, Westwood, Boy George even as far back as Loog Oldham, they have all taken the "meeja" for a lucrative ride and the people have gone along with it. Just because it's outlandish does not make it good, interesting or ART. The arts community are responsible for condoning this and making it acceptable-I just find it boring and immature. You CAN fool a lot of the people a lot of the time. All this said it is a good documentary which tells the tale and holds the interest.

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