Did you know Lee?
BONHÔTE [No.] We had a certain objectivity I think is very good for filmmakers. It allowed us to keep an open mind and an objectivity, which I think, as filmmakers, is essential. I am very proud of the film because we were completely happy to accept that we didn't know Lee. We were not his close friends. But at the same time, not being a close friend made us capable of taking a step back and letting those who were close to him talk. We didn't get interviewed we didn't put our own stand on it. We let people tell us their story and Lee's story through them.
What was the research process like?
BONHÔTE People need to get to know you, so basically we researched Lee's life and everything that has been written, recorded, or photographed. Then we started making lists to see how we could tell the story that Peter had thought of and get the story through the five chapters, which ended up becoming five tapes. It's a mix of detective work, a mix of gaining the trust, a mix of jumping in and trying. There's a lot of things about Lee's life that you could try to sensationalize and we were very conscious of that. We were very conscious as well, that Lee only passed away eight years ago, so it's still very raw for a lot of people. We just felt that we had to be very careful how to handle all of that.
Which interview surprised you the most?
BONHÔTE For me, it would be the family. It's not a fashion film, so, this connection with family, you know, it's important. Because you share a lot and I think if you have a really long partner, life partner maybe, but Lee never had that. Whereas the family, from when he was born until his passing were there. As I said, they didn't share every day, they don't know everything about the fashion side and all the rest of it, but we touched that with the colleagues, and collaborators and friends.
ETTEDGUI I was going to add to that, that Gary, McQueen’s nephew, did have contact with the business over a six-year period every single day when he was working with McQueen. We didn't really know his story and somebody said to us, "You've got to interview Gary," because he's kind of very like his uncle in many ways: the same background, and was really quite brilliant in terms of his visual aesthetic. What he brought to the company has never really been talked about, so that was a surprise, I suppose. And then Gary sort of like, his emotion when you watch him, you can feel Lee through him almost and you could definitely feel the loss of Lee through him.