Bohemian Rhapsody

Saturday 23 March

Rated 12A

  

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen. It follows singer Freddie Mercury's life from his joining the band in 1970, to their Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. The film is a British-American joint venture produced by 20th Century Fox, New Regency, GK Films, and Queen Films, with Fox serving as distributor. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is written by Anthony McCarten, and produced by Graham King and former Queen manager Jim Beach. It stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers in supporting roles. Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as creative and musical consultants on the film. 


Bohemian Rhapsody was announced in 2010, with Sacha Baron Cohen cast as Mercury. After Baron Cohen left the project in 2013 following creative differences with producers, the project languished for several years before Malek was cast in November 2016. Principal photography began in London in September 2017 with Singer as director. In December 2017, Singer was fired for absence and clashing with the cast and crew, and Dexter Fletcher was hired to complete the film. Singer retained sole director credit as per Directors Guild of America guidelines, while Fletcher received an executive producer credit. Filming concluded in January 2018. 


The film was released in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2018 and in the United States on 2 November 2018. The film has become a massive box office success, grossing over $743 million worldwide on a production budget of about $50 million, becoming the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2018 worldwide and the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time.[8] It received mixed reviews from critics; its portrayals of Mercury's life and sexuality and of the other band members were criticised, but Malek's performance and the music sequences received praise.[9][10] The film also contains a number of historical inaccuracies.[11] Despite this, the film received numerous accolades, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama (Malek) at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and also received nominations for the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. For his performance, Malek has received nominations for the Critics' Choice Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award, among others, for Best Actor.

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