Steve McQueen

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Age: 53
Country of Origin: U.K.
Top Films: Hunger, 12 Years a Slave, Shame

In his often uncompromising portrayals of suffering, Steve McQueen eschews exploitation in favor of visceral truth. His methodical approach to storytelling, and an almost anthropological fascination with the extremes of the human experience, are tempered by deep empathy and a poetic visual style. Even as he depicts their worst traumas, he maintains a real connection with his characters and respects their beating hearts.
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