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Director Steve McQueen to film Grenfell Tower tribute

  • Work on the film tribute will start tomorrow but won’t be viewable for two years
  • It will be a ‘straight recording of the tower as it is now’ and will be shot in the air
  • 12 Years A Slave director grew up 9 miles from west London tower block 

Oscar-winning director and artist Steve McQueen is making a film tribute as a ‘lasting memorial’ to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The 12 Years A Slave director will start work on the project tomorrow, but it will not go on display for another two years. 

A website on the planned memorial says the film will be ‘a straight recording of the Tower as it is now’ before it is obscured by scaffolding and covering.

Eventually it will be displayed at a museum, although it is not known which, The Sunday Times reports.

It will not be broadcast on television and will not be sold to a production company. 

The blaze at the tower block on June 14 in Kensington, west London, claimed 71 lives and left hundreds homeless.   

The website dedicated to the project reads: ‘This is to record this moment in the community’s history and make a lasting memorial to the tragedy.

‘This would be done with respect to those who lost their lives and the wider community. The aim is that it lives on in the mind of the nation and the world long after the covering has gone up.’

‘All filming will be from the air and by helicopter. Filming would be at a distance and all filming will be done with respect to the community and those who lost their lives.’

McQueen, 48, grew up just nine miles from the tower block in Hanwell, west London.

He has won the Turner Prize and a BAFTA and was the first black director to win an academy award for Best Picture – for 12 Years A Slave. 

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