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ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL, AUTHENTIC GAY MEN WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD AND DIRECTOR OF THE NEW IAN MCKELLEN FILM MR. HOLMES, WE MEET BILL CONDON

BILL CONDON

Sir Ian McKellen owes his first Oscar nomination, for the biopic about troubled gay filmmaker James Whale, Gods and Monsters, to the sterling direction of Bill Condon. That was 17 years ago and they became fast friends, although they bided their time on working together again until this month’s Mr. Holmes – an adaptation of the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind that reimagines the fictional sleuth as a real person.

It’s 59-year-old Bill’s tenth film as a director and another example of his versatility. Gods and Monsters was a gay-themed drama but he also helmed the last two Twilight films, directed Jennifer Hudson to awards glory in Dreamgirls, scripted Chicago and dipped his toe into The Big C for a couple of episodes, plus he explored the whole breadth of human sexuality in Kinsey.

He’s a gay moviemaker who makes more than just gay movies, with his next venture – a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and, yes, McKellen again – being a mainstream Disney musical. If it’s anything like the animated version it’ll have audiences singing and swooning, unlike Mr. Holmes, which tugs at the heartstrings. I mention that at the screening I attended a couple of hardened critics were blubbing into their tissues, eliciting “Oh good, it’s nice when that happens!” to a delighted Bill.

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This very special edition of Attitude is our biggest ever. It marks our first annual Pride Awards, which were created to champion the unsung heroes of the LGBT community; all of our 11 recipients grace the cover, and their extraordinary stories are told inside. They will all be honoured at an event in London, hosted by Alan Cumming, on 26 June. This issue also marks Attitude’s 21st birthday, and inside we feature 21 ordinary 21 year olds from the LGBT community who speak about what matters to them as they come of age in Britain in 2015. The issue also includes interviews with Roisin Murphy, Little Mix, Mary Lambert, Aston Merrygold, Kavana, Collabro, actor Layton Williams, and director Bill Condon; as well as features on the rebranding of Switchboard, and a look back at Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance 30 years on. All this, plus our regular fashion spreads, columnists, real life features, travel and fitness.
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