Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1939-05-25 (82 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK

131 Movies · 29 TV shows

Also Known As: Иэн МакКеллен · Sir Ian McKellen · Sir Ian McKellan · 伊恩·麦克莱恩 · Sir Ian Murray McKellen · Σερ Ίαν Μάρεϊ ΜακΚέλεν · Ίαν ΜακΚέλεν · Ίαν Μάρεϊ ΜακΚέλεν · Ian McKellern

Biography

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.He is the recipient of seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and four BAFTAs.He achieved worldwide fame for his film roles, including the titular King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.The BBC states that his "performances have guaranteed him a place in the canon of English stage and film actors". A recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK, McKellen is regarded as a British cultural icon. He started his professional career in 1961 at the Belgrade Theatre as a member of their highly regarded repertory company. In 1965, McKellen made his first West End appearance. In 1969, he was invited to join the Prospect Theatre Company to play the lead parts in Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II, and he firmly established himself as one of the country's foremost classical actors. In the 1970s, McKellen became a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain.McKellen was knighted in the 1991 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts, and made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality in the 2008 New Year Honours. He has been openly gay since 1988, and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide. He was awarded Freedom of the City of London in October 2014.

Personal Life

McKellen and his first partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton, began their relationship in 1964. Their relationship lasted for eight years, ending in 1972. They lived in London, where McKellen continued to pursue his career as an actor. For over a decade, he has lived in a five-storey Victorian conversion in Narrow Street, Limehouse. In 1978 he met his second partner, Sean Mathias, at the Edinburgh Festival. This relationship lasted until 1988, and according to Mathias, was tempestuous, with conflicts over McKellen's success in acting versus Mathias's somewhat less-successful career. The two remained friends, with Mathias later directing McKellen in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2009. The pair entered into a business partnership with Evgeny Lebedev, purchasing the lease of The Grapes public house in Narrow Street.McKellen is an atheist. In the late 1980s, he lost his appetite for every kind of meat but fish, and has since followed a mainly pescetarian diet. In 2001, Ian McKellen received the Artist Citizen of the World Award (France).McKellen has a tattoo of the Elvish number nine, written using J. R. R. Tolkien's constructed script of Tengwar, on his shoulder in reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the original nine companions of the Fellowship of the Ring. The other actors of "The Fellowship" (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan and Viggo Mortensen) have the same tattoo. John Rhys-Davies, whose character was also one of the original nine companions, arranged for his stunt double to get the tattoo instead.McKellen was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. In 2012, he stated on his blog that "There is no cause for alarm. I am examined regularly and the cancer is contained. I've not needed any treatment."McKellen became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church in early 2013 in order to preside over the marriage of his friend and X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart to the singer Sunny Ozell.McKellen was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Cambridge University on 18 June 2014. He was made a Freeman of the City of London on Thursday 30 October 2014. The ceremony took place at Guildhall in London. McKellen was nominated by London's Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf, who said he was chosen as he was an "exceptional actor" and "tireless campaigner for equality". He is also an Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford.On 16 December 2020, McKellen received the new COVID-19 vaccine, recommending it to everyone.

Early Life

McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of Margery Lois (née Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen. He was their second child, with a sister, Jean, five years his senior. Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan. They lived there until Ian was twelve years old, before relocating to Bolton in 1951, after his father had been promoted. The experience of living through the war as a young child had a lasting impact on him, and he later said that "only after peace resumed ... did I realise that war wasn't normal." When an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, McKellen said: "Well, darling, you forget—I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old.”McKellen's father was a civil engineer and lay preacher, and was of Protestant Irish and Scottish descent. Both of McKellen's grandfathers were preachers, and his great-great-grandfather, James McKellen, was a "strict, evangelical Protestant minister" in Ballymena, County Antrim. His home environment was strongly Christian, but non-orthodox. "My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met." When he was 12, his mother died of breast cancer; his father died when he was 24. After his coming out as gay to his stepmother, Gladys McKellen, who was a Quaker, he said, "Not only was she not fazed, but as a member of a society which declared its indifference to people's sexuality years back, I think she was just glad for my sake that I wasn't lying anymore." His great-great-grandfather Robert J. Lowes was an activist and campaigner in the ultimately successful campaign for a Saturday half-holiday in Manchester, the forerunner to the modern five-day work week, thus making Lowes a "grandfather of the modern weekend".McKellen attended Bolton School (Boys' Division), of which he is still a supporter, attending regularly to talk to pupils. McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which he is now the patron. An early fascination with the theatre was encouraged by his parents, who took him on a family outing to Peter Pan at the Opera House in Manchester when he was three. When he was nine, his main Christmas present was a fold-away wood and bakelite Victorian theatre from Pollocks Toy Theatres, with cardboard scenery and wires to push on the cut-outs of Cinderella and of Laurence Olivier's Hamlet.His sister took him to his first Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night, by the amateurs of Wigan's Little Theatre, shortly followed by their Macbeth and Wigan High School for Girls' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with music by Mendelssohn, with the role of Bottom played by Jean McKellen, who continued to act, direct, and produce amateur theatre until her death.In 1958, McKellen, at the age of 18, won a scholarship to St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he read English literature. He has since been made an Honorary Fellow of the College. While at Cambridge, McKellen was a member of the Marlowe Society, where he appeared in 23 plays over the course of 3 years. At that young age he was already giving performances that have since become legendary such as his Justice Shallow in Henry IV alongside Trevor Nunn and Derek Jacobi (March 1959), Cymbeline (as Posthumus, opposite Margaret Drabble as Imogen) and Doctor Faustus. During this period McKellen had already been directed by Peter Hall, John Barton and Dadie Rylands, all of whom would have a significant impact on McKellen's future career.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Infinitum: Subject Unknown

Infinitum: Subject Unknown

2021
Jane is in an attic with no way out. She is stuck in a time-loop and will relive the same day over and over with little recollection of what happened before. She starts to remember more and more and b...

2020.

3 Movies
Hating Peter Tatchell

Hating Peter Tatchell

2020
The powerful and inspiring true story of the controversial human rights campaigner whose provocative acts of civil disobedience shook the British establishment, changed attitudes to homosexuality and ...
Du Fu: China's Greatest Poet

Du Fu: China's Greatest Poet

2020
Sir Ian McKellen reads the poetry, Michael Wood traces the journey on the ground. Together they conjure up the extraordinary life, times and words of China’s greatest poet, Du Fu. In this film, the fi...
Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

2020
A circus is going to be taken over by an evil uncle and a family has to use a box of animal crackers to save it. The city of Huntington is located in Rhode Island.

2019.

4 Movies
The Isle

The Isle

2019
1840 and another ship crashes on the rocks of an almost deserted island in Scotland. Three sailors survive the wreck and make it to shore where the few locals take them in as they wait for the mainlan...
On Broadway

On Broadway

2019
An all-star cast tells the inside story of the Broadway theater, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion and a sometimes uneasy balance between art ...
Cats

Cats

5.52
2019
Every year, a group of cats called the Jellicles must decide which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and return to a new life in the area.
The Good Liar

The Good Liar

6.05
2019
Roy wants to make his latest mark: recently widowed Betty, worth millions of dollars. He means to take everything. As the two draw closer, what should have been another simple scam takes on more signi...

2018.

3 Movies
National Theatre Live: King Lear

National Theatre Live: King Lear

2018
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tor...
All Is True

All Is True

2018
London, June 29th, 1613. The Globe Theater, ran by the famous playwright William Shakespeare, accidentally burns to ashes. Seriously affected, he stops writing and returns to his hometown, where his w...
McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part

2018
The film is based on a 14 hour interview and takes you through the key landmarks of the man's life, from early childhood into a demanding career that placed him in the public eye for the best part of ...

2017.

5 Movies
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

6.46
2017
A live-action adaptation of Disney's classic tale of a cursed prince and a beautiful young woman who help him break the spell.
How a Kite Flies

How a Kite Flies

2017
Sir Ian McKellen voices an alcoholic kite. A down-and-out who prefers to hang around his dingy local strip joint rather than get out into the blue sky. But when memories of happier times come back to ...
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

2017
One of the world's most beloved storytellers is celebrated in The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer.
The Paul O'Grady Story

The Paul O'Grady Story

2017
A razor-witted entertainer who found fame as two people - first his drag queen alter ego, Lily Savage, and then as himself. This documentary film charts the unique career of a working class Merseyside...
Edmund the Magnificent

Edmund the Magnificent

2017
When news breaks that the county pig fete's being revived, the once-legendary Farmer decides to make one final roll of the dice - and invest his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet with which to bre...

2016.

7 Movies
Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere with Ian McKellen

Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere with Ian McKellen

2016
Acting legend Ian McKellen discusses his impressive range of Shakespearean performances. Since playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night at 12 years old, Ian McKellen has acted in more than half of Shakespear...
Play the Devil: Making Richard III

Play the Devil: Making Richard III

2016
Sir Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine talking about making the film.
Shakespeare on Film

Shakespeare on Film

2016
Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine in conversation about Richard III.
The Roof

The Roof

2016
A comedy about a visit from a legendary theatre maker and his legion of fans.
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC

2016
On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, David Tennant, Catherine Tate and guests mark the life of the playwright on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage

Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage

2016
Dame Judi Dench, one of Britain's greatest actors, is celebrated in this documentary.
National Theatre Live: No Man's Land

National Theatre Live: No Man's Land

2016
One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. The lively conversation soon turns into a revealin...

2015.

3 Movies
X-Men: Unguarded

X-Men: Unguarded

2015
Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg share their favorite stories from the set of the film with the all-star ensemble cast.
The Dresser

The Dresser

6
2015
One fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeares King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is...
Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

1
2015
A retired detective is living in a village with his family. He is haunted by a 50-year old case. His memory is not what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case.

2014.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

6.34
2014
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods as they join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past in order to s...
TV
Trailblazer Honors

Trailblazer Honors

2014
The leaders are celebrated at the forefront of equality.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

6.15
2014
The elves of Mirkwood and the men of Laketown are trying to protect Erebor's mountain of treasure from other people. The Orcs are going to Erebor because of Sauron. If Dwarves, elves and men come toge...
X-Men: Reunited

X-Men: Reunited

2014
The piece looks at how Singer wanted to bring the original cast back together.
Miss in Her Teens

Miss in Her Teens

2014
The comedy follows Miss Biddy Bellair as she tries to find true love by pitting her suitors against each other.

2013.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

6.21
2013
They escaped from the mountains. They will get their gold back.
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

2013
The Doctors of Doctor Who would like to be involved in the 50th anniversary of the show. Is it possible for them to manage it?
Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire

2013
Funny, passionate, exciting, and smart: ‘Muse Of Fire’ will change the way you feel about Shakespeare forever. This unique feature documentary follows two actors, Giles Terera and Dan Poole, as they ...
The Wolverine: Path of a Ronin

The Wolverine: Path of a Ronin

2013
The samurai-ninja aspect of the story has roots in the comic books. There are interviews with the principal cast and crew, as well as clips from the film, and some behind the scenes footage, including...
The Wolverine

The Wolverine

6
2013
In a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan, Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis, as well as tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits.
The Egg Trick

The Egg Trick

2013
Do you know the joke about the broken egg?
TV
Vicious

Vicious

5.33
2013
Freddie and Stuart have been together for a long time. Their lives are turned upside down by their new upstairs neighbor Ash, who is sure to cause trouble in their mundane lives.

2012.

3 Movies
Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

8
2012
The Doctor retired. He wants to keep out mankind's affairs. However, a governess named Clara has stumbled upon a plot which only the Doctor can untangle, involving the death of her predecessor in ice ...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

6.25
2012
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to regain their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.

2011.

1 Movie

2010.

2 Movies
Small-Time Revolutionary

Small-Time Revolutionary

2010
England, 1988. Thatcher, New Order, Section 28, The Kants. Russell finds himself caught between two opposing worlds and needs to decide whether to keep up the appearances or stand up for who he is.
A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation

A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation

2010
When his father dies unexpectedly, a young man seeking to cope with his grief goes on a powerful emotional journey through time and space.

2009.

1 TV show
TV
The Prisoner

The Prisoner

6.67
2009
The Prisoner is a television mini-series that is based on the 1960s TV series The Prisoner and is about a man who awakens in a village with no escape and wonders who made it. AMC and ITV produced it.

2008.

1 Movie
King Lear

King Lear

2008
King lear is tired and divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving importance to their protestations of love for him When Cordelia refused to flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes h...

2007.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

6.18
2007
After hearing a shocking secret, orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her existence in the halls of Jordan College for an adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.
Stardust

Stardust

6.36
2007
A young man makes a promise to his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm in a countryside town bordering on a magical land. His journey reveals his true ident...
For the Love of God

For the Love of God

2007
Graham, an over-grown man-child still living at home under the suffocating glare of his elderly Mother, is the story of 'For the Love of God'. Graham and his mother's pet have a secret. Graham was Spu...

2006.

7 Movies · 1 TV show
X-Men: The Excitement Continues

X-Men: The Excitement Continues

2006
There is a look at X-men: The Last Stand.
TV
The One Show

The One Show

2006
A magazine-style daily television programme is broadcasted on the UK's most popular television channel. The programme is hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from Monday to Thursday and Chris Evans on ...
X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Last Stand

5.98
2006
When a cure is found for the disease, the X-men and Brotherhood are formed.
Flushed Away

Flushed Away

6.31
2006
A mouse is flushed down the toilet. There is a madcap adventure deep in the sewer bowels of Ratropolis, where Roddy meets Rita, the rat-hating Toad, Spike and Whitey, and the rest of the gang.
Doogal

Doogal

5
2006
A cute dog is on a mission to save the world.
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy

X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy

2006
A behind the scenes look at the making of the X-Men trilogy made up out of interviews shot during the production of all three films.
The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

5.87
2006
A murder in Paris' Louvre Museum and clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. If the information comes to light, it could rock the very ...
Saint of 9/11

Saint of 9/11

2006
Saint of 9/11 is Father Mychal Judge. Father was a compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten while wrestling with his own demons. The judge was aware of the pain. He was an AA advocate. Father...

2005.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
Ringers - Lord of the Fans

Ringers - Lord of the Fans

2005
The film "Ringers: Lord of the Fans" explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years.
TV
Extras

Extras

6.29
2005
Andy Millman gave up his day job five years ago in the hopes of achieving the big time, but he is yet to land a speaking part, let alone pick up an Oscar. His belief that the big time is just a job or...
The Magic Roundabout

The Magic Roundabout

2005
A shaggy, candy-loving puppy named Dougal along with a group of friends embark on a dangerous journey in an effort to imprison their oppressor. Zeebad wants to turn the world into ice. 3 diamonds are ...
Eighteen

Eighteen

2005
Pip, a street kid just turning 18, receives his grandfather's World War II-era memoirs and discovers parallels to his own life.
The Hobart Shakespeareans

The Hobart Shakespeareans

2005
In a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/ Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles, 5th graders are taught by a 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient.
Neverwas

Neverwas

2005
A doctor leaves his job at a prestigious university to work at a private mental institution. At the time of his appointment, he didn't tell anyone where his father was born. He lived for many years.
Asylum

Asylum

2005
A woman becomes very curious about one of her husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

2004.

7 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Paul O'Grady Show

The Paul O'Grady Show

2004
A British comedy chat show hosted by a Birkenhead-born comedian is called The Paul O'Grady Show. The format was created by Granada Television and was broadcast on ITV before moving to Channel 4. A mix...
Designing Middle-Earth

Designing Middle-Earth

2004
A documentary about the designing process of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Passing of an Age

The Passing of an Age

2004
A documentary about the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter

From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter

2004
A documentary about the adaptation process of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Home of the Horse Lords

Home of the Horse Lords

2004
A look at the horse wranglers and stunts in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Costume Design

Costume Design

2004
A documentary about the costume design of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Cameras in Middle-Earth

Cameras in Middle-Earth

2004
An inside look at the filming process of the 2003 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!

Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!

2004
During the Council of Elrond scene in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", a New Zealand actor and musician appeared as an extra. His brief appearance sparked a huge internet fan-base ...

2003.

10 Movies · 3 TV shows
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men: Making X2

The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men: Making X2

2003
The 2-Disc of X2 has a feature-length documentary on it.
X-Men: The Uncanny Suspects

X-Men: The Uncanny Suspects

2003
The X-Men 1.5 DVD has a short documentary about the movie.
TV
Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

6
2003
A panel of guests, including politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like, discuss what's going on in the world each week on the show hosted by Bill Maher.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

6.32
2003
Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship attempt to save Gondor from the forces of Sauron. Sam and Frodo take the ring to the ...
X2

X2

6.15
2003
Professor Charles X and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment. William is a man. To unhinge the plan to wipe out the Mutants, Mystique and Magneto must...
Designing Middle-Earth

Designing Middle-Earth

2003
A documentary about the designing of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
X-Factor: The Look of X-Men

X-Factor: The Look of X-Men

2003
The short documentary about X-Men movie is featured on the X-Men 1.5 DVD.
TV
Churchill

Churchill

2003
Britain was inspired by the legendary war leader. The man behind the legend is brought to you by those closest to him.
Émile

Émile

2003
Emile abandoned the family in a story that weaves the past and present together.
X-Men: Premieres Around the World

X-Men: Premieres Around the World

2003
We found notes from people.

2002.

10 Movies · 1 TV show
Scale

Scale

2002
A documentary about the scale work in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth

2002
A documentary about the creation of the Middle-earth franchise.
From Book to Script

From Book to Script

2002
A documentary about the adaptation process of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Cameras in Middle-Earth

Cameras in Middle-Earth

2002
A documentary about shooting The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
TV
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

2002
There were stunts, sketches, and guest appearances on the gameshow hosted by Ant and Dec.
A Day in the Life of a Hobbit

A Day in the Life of a Hobbit

2002
A short "making of" documentary about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

6.21
2002
The One Ring of Power is being destroyed by Frodo and Sam while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn are searching for the orc captured by Merry and Pippin. The wizard will be waiting at the Orthanc Tower.
The Fellowship of the Cast

The Fellowship of the Cast

2002
A documentary about the casting of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Road Goes Ever On...

The Road Goes Ever On...

2002
A documentary about the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop

2002
A documentary about Weta Workshop's work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Costume Design

Costume Design

2002
A documentary about the costume design of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001.

4 Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

6.27
2001
Bilbo Baggins must leave his home in order to keep his ring from falling into the hands of his evil creator after he received a ring from his uncle. A fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer an...
National Geographic - Beyond the Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring

National Geographic - Beyond the Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001
A documentary about the influences on Tolkien, covering in brief his childhood and how he detested the onslaught of industry through the idyllic countryside, moving on to describe his fighting experie...

2000.

4 Movies
X-Men: The Mutant Watch

X-Men: The Mutant Watch

7.4
2000
While Senator Kelly addresses a senate committee about the Mutant menace, we learn about the making of the movie, X-men.
X-Men

X-Men

6.2
2000
The X-men must oppose a terrorist organization if they are to survive.
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed!

Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed!

2000
The movie was directed by James Whale.
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man

Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man

2000
A baby is being born. The swimmers are showing off. He is young and in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, then delight. A man ...

1999.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Family Guy

Family Guy

6.07
1999
The adventures of the family are the subject of an animated series. Peter and Lois have three children. Meg is the most unpopular girl in town, and the middle kid is not very bright, but he has a pass...
The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale

The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale

1999
Written, co-produced and co-directed by David J. Skal, THE WORLD OF GODS AND MONSTERS is a behind-the scenes chronicle of the making of the 1998 Academy Award-winning film GODS AND MONSTERS starring I...
TV
David Copperfield

David Copperfield

6
1999
Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but still manages to triumph over incredible obstacles.

1998.

3 Movies
Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters

6
1998
James Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is behind him. He lives a semi-recluse life with pictures from his past. When Hannah hires a han...
Apt Pupil

Apt Pupil

2.67
1998
A brilliant high school boy who was fascinated by the history of Nazism stumbled across an old man who looked like Kurt Dussander, a wanted Nazi war criminal. A month later, Todd knocked on the door.
Swept from the Sea

Swept from the Sea

1998
The story of Russian emigree and the only survivor from a ship crash is told in the film. Everyone is afraid of Yanko, except for Amy, who helps him. Soon he will be like a son to Dr. James Kennedy an...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
Bent

Bent

6
1997
Max was forced to run for his life after having a tryst with a German soldier. In the eyes of the Nazis, gays are the lowest form of human being, so Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pret...
A Bit Of Scarlet

A Bit Of Scarlet

1997
A Bit of Scarlet excavated clips from Britain's cinema archives to create a moving and humorous testament to the closeted gay and lesbian images from filmmaking's earliest days.

1996.

1 Movie
Rasputin

Rasputin

1996
A man has the power to heal or destroy a nation. Based on the true story of one of the most powerful and mysterious figures in Russian history.

1995.

4 Movies
Restoration

Restoration

10
1995
The life of someone close to the King was saved by an aspiring young physician who found himself in the service of King Charles II. A high life is provided to someone in the King's court. He was order...
Jack & Sarah

Jack & Sarah

1995
Jack lands on his feet. When he weds Sarah, he lands on his feet. He lands on his feet when he buys a home. When Sarah went into labour, he fell down the stairs. He discovers he is deficient in the sp...
Richard III

Richard III

1995
The British throne is in danger. The setting is similar to the 1930s, but England is torn by civil war between the houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must fir...
Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

1995
In this adaptation of the British novel, a plucky London society girl orphans at age 19 finds a new home with some rough relatives. With a take-charge attitude and some encouragement from her mischiev...

1994.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio

1994
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
The Shadow

The Shadow

4.88
1994
Shiwan Khan wants to take over the world with an atom bomb. The Shadow can save the city.
David Macaulay: Roman City

David Macaulay: Roman City

1994
The glories of Ancient Rome are explored in ROMAN CITY, based on David Macaulay's acclaimed book. This animated and live-action video recounts life in Verbonia, a fictional city in Gaul. A well-plann...
To Die For

To Die For

1994
Mark and Simon live in London. When Mark dies of AIDS, Simon gets on with his life rather quickly, too quickly to suit the ghost of Mark, who reappears to disrupt Simon's cruising and then moves back ...
I'll Do Anything

I'll Do Anything

5.74
1994
There is an actor named Matt Hobbs. When Beth dumps her daughter on Matt, the father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with an attractive production assistant is com...

1993.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The Ballad of Little Jo

The Ballad of Little Jo

1993
Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer an...
Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees of Separation

1993
The story of a young, gay, black, con artist who pretended to be the son of Sidney Poitier in order to get into the lives of a white, upper-class New York family.
Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero

5.78
1993
Danny is a fan of a fictional movie character. Danny finds himself in a world where movie magic and reality collide when a magical ticket takes him into Jack's latest adventure. Danny is a hero.
TV
Tales of the City

Tales of the City

1993
The first novel in the Tales of the City series was the basis for the miniseries.
And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

1993
Political infighting in the scientific community hampered the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

1990.

1 Movie
Othello

Othello

1990
Iago begins a campaign of lies when Desdemona is thrown out of balance.

1989.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.24
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Countdown to War

Countdown to War

1989
The dramatic negotiations between the UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland, w...
Scandal

Scandal

6
1989
An Englishman invites a young exotic dancer to live with him. She and her friend meet members of the Conservative Party through his contacts. Their lifestyles and their freedom are threatened by her a...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
Windmills of the Gods

Windmills of the Gods

1988
Mary doesn't accept the offer to become ambassador of the United States of America in Romania because her husband doesn't want to give up his doctor's office. Shortly afterwards, Dr. A car accident cl...

1986.

1 Movie
Walter

Walter

1986
Nobody knows what to do with a man with learning difficulties. Nineteen years later, "Walter and June" was released. The United States uses the title "Loving Walter" to describe these two.

1985.

2 Movies
Plenty

Plenty

1985
David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Zina

Zina

1985
Zina, the daughter of Leon Trotsky by his first wife, is undergoing freudian analysis in Berlin in the 'thirties. Meanwhile Trotsky is in exile in Prinkipo having been driven from power by Stalin. The...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Playing Shakespeare

Playing Shakespeare

1984
John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

1983.

2 Movies
The Keep

The Keep

1983
A fortress that was taken over by the Nazis has a strange entity that wreaks havoc on them.
Walter and June

Walter and June

1983
The TV film "Walter" is a sequel. The two films are available on DVD in the US.

1982.

2 Movies
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare

Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare

1982
There is a Broadway show about the Bard.
The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

1982
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman, known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel, snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine. Marguerite St is married to the man who fell ...

1981.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Pillar of Fire

Pillar of Fire

1981
Pillar of Fire focuses on the History of Zionism, beginning in 1896, in the wake of Theodor Herzl's revival of the concept of Jewish nationalism and continues to follow the Jewish People in the 20th c...
Priest of Love

Priest of Love

1981
D.H's novel was banned and burned. Frieda and Lawrence will move to the US and Mexico. They write "Lady Chatterley's Lover" in Italy when Lawrence gets sick.

1979.

1 Movie
Macbeth

Macbeth

1979
The production of William Shakespeare's play was videotaped in 1978. It features Ian and Judi Dench. A man directed the TV version. The original stage production was performed at The Other Place. It w...

1978.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
The Vanishing Army

The Vanishing Army

1978
The discharge of a career army man is related to the treatment of British NCOs.
TV
An Audience with...

An Audience with...

1978
There is an audience with you. A British entertainment television show is produced by London Weekend Television, in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performs for an invited audience of cele...
TV
Armchair Thriller

Armchair Thriller

1978
Armchair Thriller was broadcast on ITV in 1978 and 1980. The new series was adapted from published novels and stories. A horror series had supernatural elements. Southern Television made the serials. ...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1974.

1 TV show
TV
Playhouse

Playhouse

1974
BBC2 Playhouse is a one hour UK anthology television series of one-off contemporary and classic dramas created by Sara Pia Anderson and produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Among it...

1972.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

1972
Ibsen adapted the play.

1970.

1 Movie
Edward II

Edward II

1970
Edward II, King of England, was troubled from the beginning when he brought his male lover out of exile.

1969.

2 Movies
Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great

1969
Old England is being ravaged by Danes in the 9th century and Alfred is going to become a priest. After observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to fight the invaders. Alfred bec...
A Touch of Love

A Touch of Love

1969
A PhD student at the British Museum is pregnant after having a brief affair. Rosamund decided to keep the baby and adjust her life to include both her studies and her pregnancies, despite the advice o...

1966.

1 TV show
TV
David Copperfield

David Copperfield

1966
The adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel "David Copperfield" began airing on the British Broadcasting Corporation in January 1966. It featured Tina Packer as Dora, Gordon Gostelow as Barkis, and Chri...

1965.

1 TV show
TV
Play of the Month

Play of the Month

1965
Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, of...

1960.

1 TV show
TV
Coronation Street

Coronation Street

1960
The residents of the street are ordinary, working-class people, and the show follows them through regular social and family interactions at home, in the workplace, and in their local pub. Britain's lo...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is respected. The various category winners are given a copy of the Oscar statuette. The first awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Marley

Marley

A Christmas Carol has a music re-interpretation.
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