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The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Atlas ... Himself
Leigh Bowery
Michael Bracewell ... Himself
Sophie Fiennes ... Herself
Bella Freud ... Herself

Boy George ... Himself
Damien Hirst ... Himself
Stewart Laing ... Himself
Rifat Ozbek
Stella Stein
Richard Torry ... Himself

Directed by
Charles Atlas 
Produced by
Sylvie Blum .... producer
Lucy Sexton .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Torry 
Cinematography by
Mike Nicholls 
Jens Tang 
Film Editing by
Jens Tang 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 

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83 min | UK:60 min
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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Art or artifice?, 22 January 2009
Author: beresfordjd from United Kingdom

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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