Finally! It’s heading west for an official Stateside release. I wasn’t sure it would ever happen.
I’ve learned via the production company behind the film, Wellington Films, that A Man’s Story, the Ozwald Boateng documentary we first alerted you way back in 2010, will be released in the USA on November 2nd.
No details on what kind of release it will be – theatrical, home video, VOD, etc; but they say that information is coming. With November 2nd being the official release date, I assume we’ll know all we need to know very soon, and it’ll be shared here once that happens.
Titled A Man’s Story, the feature doc centers on charismatic Ghanaian-born Savile Row designer, Ozwald Boateng, who has outfitted men like Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Brad Pitt,Chris Rock, Daniel Day Lewis, Don Cheadle, Forest Whitaker, Russell Crowe, Wesley Snipes, and countless others.
The film, 12 years in the making (by director Varon Bonicos who started filming Boateng in 1998 – he opened his first Savile Row shop in 1994, at age 34), is both a professional and personal profile of Boateng, focusing on his business, his design process, and his private life.
“… hard-working and very humanly flawed, Boateng’s personal and professional triumphs and set-backs are the fascinating heart of this film which is set against a back-drop of models, movie stars and fabulous locations… Boateng is also fascinating from a sociological perspective. As a black and heterosexual man, he breaks the stereotypes of the fashion industry,” says a write-up of the film on Britfilms.com.
And on-top of suiting up the elite, Boateng has done quite a bit of wardrobe design for films you have all seen, like The Matrix, Tomorrow Never Dies, Oceans 13, and a few others.
I should also mention that Ozwald’s appreciation for cinema has inspired him to write and direct as many as 10 short films, some we featured on S&A some months ago.
The 90-minute film has already been released in the UK (in theaters and home video) so those of you across the pond have likely already seen it; and some outside the UK also may have seen it, if you own one of those multi-region DVD players.
I haven’t seen it, and, based on all I’ve heard of it, I’m looking forward to doing so in November.
Watch the preview/trailer below, if you haven’t seen it already: