Ozwald Boateng: A Man’s Story is a unique documentary that was filmed over twelve years capturing the lowest and highest points of one of the most influential menswear designers of his generation.
“A Man’s Story is a deeply personal film. It is clear from outset that the Director, Varon – set out to make a film not about fashion, but about a man that designs fashion. It is a film that challenges expectations, it is provocative and painfully honest. When I create, it’s all about the individual, It’s about enhancing the personality of the wearer. The film does the same thing. What Varon created was a film that was custom-made about me. I have a huge amount of respect for his dedication to his craft.” – Ozwald Boateng OBE
This candid and raw film is a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the world of Ozwald Boateng encapsulating his extraordinary and remarkable career set amidst the trials and tribulations of his personal life. The documentary starts in 1998 just as his first marriage ends, over the next twelve years the Director, Varon Bonico’s captures Ozwald trying to balance starting a family whilst taking on the role of creative director for Givenchy, starring in his own reality TV show in the USA to the incredible moment when he was awarded an OBE.
Tailor to Hollywood’s A-list, and a superstar in his own right, Ozwald Boateng is a dynamic force of energy, passion and colour. Instinctive, flawed and generous, Ozwald Boateng has had a transformational impact on menswear fashion for almost three decades, with a design aesthetic rooted in Savile Row traditions but defined by international style, detail, and artistry. His instinctive use of colour, cut and fabric fuses traditional classic British tailoring with a high end modern design focus on the refinement of a man’s silhouette, this has brought tailoring to a whole new generation of men.
A Man’s story is a brutally honest fly-on-the-wall film which undresses the man behind the designer suit who has spent his entire career trying to distil: “what it is to be a man.”
“We are absolutely delighted to premiere this distinctive and insightful documentary. Ozwald is a born and bred Londoner with a huge personality, and has contributed to men’s fashion like no other. Emotional and unexpected, A Man’s Story gives us unprecedented access to the designer’s life and documents how he has achieved extraordinary success during his toughest times in his personal life remaining relatable and human like us all – don’t miss it”. – Lucy Myers, Programme Director for London Live