Background: McQueen was born in London and grew up in West London. He played for the St. Georges Colts football team and attended Hammersmith and West London College before studying at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. He then studied fine art at Goldsmiths College before briefly attending the Tisch School in New York.
Filmography: His earlier films as a multimedia artist include the experimental silent films "Bear" (1993) and "Deadpan" (1997), followed by "Drumroll" (1998), which was his first film to use sound. Those films were shown in art galleries. After traveling to Iraq as a war artist in 2006, he directed his first feature film, "Hunger" (2008), starring Michael Fassbender as an Irish prisoner on a hunger strike. This year he directs "Shame," a controversial film about a sex addict, also played by Fassbender.
BAFTA Awards: Win - Most Promising Newcomer ("Hunger," 2009). Nomination - Best British Film ("Hunger," 2009)
Cannes Film Festival: Win - Golden Camera ("Hunger," 2008)
European Film Awards: Win - European Discovery of the Year ("Hunger," 2008). Nomination - Best Director ("Hunger," 2008)
Independent Spirit Awards: Nomination - Best Foreign Film ("Hunger," 2009)
Venice Film Festival: Win - Gucci Prize ("Hunger," 2008). Nomination - Golden Lion ("Shame," 2011)
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