The Legend of Leigh Bowery is an in-depth and revealing film tribute to an outrageous and outlandish artist.
Whether he was making headdresses out of toilet seats, or giving birth to a full-grown woman in a nightclub, Bowery defined London's culture of outrage and influenced a generation of artists and designers on both sides of the Atlantic.
He performed with the enfant terrible of British dance Michael Clark, designed one of a kind costumes and creations and ran one of the most outrageous clubs of the 1980s London scene, Taboo (later immortalized in Boy George's Broadway musical). He was also the muse and model for pre-eminent British painter Lucian Freud.
The film features appearances by Boy George, Damien Hirst, Bella Freud, Michael Clark, Rifat Ozbek and many others.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sue Tilley.
About Sue Tilley
Sue Tilley, or 'Big Sue' as painter Lucian Freud affectionately called her, is one the most famous muses of the Twentieth Century. She is also the most lucrative: Freud's 1995 work Benefits Supervisor Resting broke all records when Christies sold it to Roman Abramovich for £35.8m. Sue was instrumental to both London's 80s nightlife scene and to Leigh Bowery's legacy. Bowery was her best friend and a huge influence in her life. After he died in 1993 she wrote his biography, Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon, which has become a cult classic. Sue was also immortalized as ‘Big Sue’ in Boy George’s Broadway musical Taboo.
Her influence on counterculture is considerable and, having recently left her life-long job at the Soho jobseekers office in pursuit of a newfound passion for painting, she continues to be a fixture on London’s cultural scene, painting portraits of 1980s icons, taking aim at Brexiteers and Theresa May, producing a line of Leigh Bowery inspired t-shirts and playing regular 80s DJ sets at the Queen Adelaide in Bethnal Green.
Tickets are free but subject to availability: early booking is recommended.