Los Angeles, April 1 (IANS) ’12 Years a Slave’ director Sir Steve McQueen is warning his unflinching film on the Grenfell Tower disaster will leave audiences “disturbed”.
The Oscar-winning ’12 Years a Slave’ director shot his movie of the burned-out husk of the high-rise flat block from a helicopter.
However, just before the charred remains were shrouded in white plastic emblazoned with a giant green heart – as a stark reminder of the brutal destruction the building represents.
And of fact, not one person or firm has been punished for their role in the 72 deaths in the inferno there on June 14, 2017, reports ‘Female First UK.
Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen to launch his Grenfell Tower film as he pushes for justice
Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen is ready to release his much-anticipated film on the Grenfell Tower disaster. 72 months after the tragedy that claimed 72 lives.
Featuring close-up imagery of the burnt-out tower block taken six months after the blaze. However, the 24-minute piece entitled ‘Grenfell’ will launch at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens next week.
Therefore, McQueen says the piece aims to serve as a lasting reminder of the tragedy. That could leave some viewers “disturbed”.
The 12 Years A Slave and Small Axe director has been a vocal supporter of the families of the victims of the fire. Also, since it broke out at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington on June 14, 2017.
However, his piece will offer viewers a close-up look at the building, reportedly featuring stark shots of flats in which people died, and of forensics experts picking through the burnt-out flats.
The aerial footage focuses on the “charred obscenity” of the tower block as “soundless camera wheels around” it.
In a guide to the exhibition, McQueen recalls visiting a friend living on the block in the early nineties. Also for admiring the “amazing” views of London it offered.
He says he created Grenfell after being moved by a sense. He “needed to do something”. Following the fire and wanted to document the visual impact of the block before they covered it with hoarding.
Sir Steve McQueen depicts the brutal aftermath of the Grenfell fire in the Serpentine show
However, Sir Steve McQueen will showcase a project next month at the Serpentine South Gallery in London. For depicting the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.
McQueen was born in the area. Also, he says the Grenfell project is devoted to those who died in the fire. As well as the survivors and the bereaved.
The exhibition comes at a time when survivors and families are still awaiting clarity and closure. So with both an inquest and criminal investigation ongoing more than five years after the tragedy.
The 12 Years A Slave, Uprising and Small Axe director said he first visited Grenfell Tower in the early ’90s. “I went to visit a friend who had just had her first child,” he said.
“She was Italian and her partner was Algerian. We had gone to art school together in Chelsea and I wanted to see this new beginning. I remember the views from the window and thinking I was never up this high in London before. The viewpoint was amazing.”
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