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The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.


Charles Atlas




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


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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USA | France | UK | Denmark



Release Date:

15 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Leigh Bowery See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,038, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,445, 7 December 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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12 August 2006 | by iam-69See all my reviews

The best attempt so far to capture the life and work of Leigh Bowery in film. Particularly interesting are clips from the early Eighties - ie the South of Watford sequence - showing Bowery with four key figures in his life - Trojan, Michael Clark, Rachel Auburn and the legendary flat itself complete with Star Trek wallpaper. A must see for anyone interested in this artist or 80's club land in London.

The notion that his life culminated in portraits by Lucien Freud (featured in the film) is bizarre and laughable. The man had established himself as an international icon and darling of the avant garde years earlier.

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