Sunday 27 May, 3pm
I don't know exactly what you have to do to acquire 'National Treasure' status, but I am pretty sure Sir Ian McKellen has long since achieved such a level. A theatre and film veteran and deeply respected for his work with Stonewall and in the gay rights struggles of the last few decades, Sir Ian has plenty to talk about. And talk he does, in a new fully authorised, deeply personal documentary on his life and work released this month. Director Joe Stephenson had access to private photo albums and a wealth of archive material, including unseen behind-the-scenes footage of theatre shows and films, and diaries written when McKellen was 12. The BFI will welcome Ian McKellen to the stage after the screening of the doc for a Q&A, which will be broadcast live into cinemas across the UK and Scandinavia.
You can read the Smoke Screen's coverage of one of Sir Ian's last appearances live at the BFI here, where he discussed Richard Loncraine's idiosyncratic and raucous take on Shakespeare's Richard III.