Velvet Goldmine

$1m

DBO
18 1997 119 minutes Facebook

Synopsis

The story follows a British journalist, Arthur Stuart, who revisits his own past while writing an article about the mysterious disappearance of a former glam-rock star, Brian Slade. Slade's career had ended during backlash from a publicity stunt: he faked being murdered on-stage, after which he gradually disappeared from the public view entirely. Stuart locates and talks with people connected to Slade, trying to find out what happened to him, and recalls the glam-rock scene of the '70s in a series of vignettes, which recreate the stories of Slade, Slade's collaborator and one time lover Curt Wild, Slade's former wife, Mandy and others involved in their lives.

Credits

Awards

1998 Cannes Film Festival

Winner

  • Cannes Film Festival

Nominated

  • Palme d'Or

1999 Academy Awards

Nominated

  • Best Costume Design

Featured Clips

Velvet Goldmine - Lost in the Lie

Velvet Goldmine - Lost in the Lie

As their larger-than-life personas become harder to maintain, Brian must make a difficult decision about his partnership with Curt. In this scene: Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), Jerry Devine (Eddie Izzard), Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers)

Velvet Goldmine - Maxwell Demon is Born

Velvet Goldmine - Maxwell Demon is Born

After Brian comes out at a press conference, his agent, Jerry Devine, takes the opportunity to turn his new notoriety into star power. In this scene: Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Jerry Devine (Eddie Izzard), Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale)

Velvet Goldmine - Make You a Star

Velvet Goldmine - Make You a Star

Cecil recounts the day Jerry Devine discovered Brian and the skyrocket to super-stardom that left him alone in the dust. In this scene: Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Jerry Devine (Eddie Izzard), Cecil (Michael Feast), Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale)

Velvet Goldmine - Rock Folklore

Velvet Goldmine - Rock Folklore

Curt's stage presence is too great for fans like Brian Slade, who can't accept that he came from a trashy, Michigan trailer park. In this scene: Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys), Mandy Slade (Toni Collette)

Velvet Goldmine - New Talent

Velvet Goldmine - New Talent

One night at the Sombrero Club, Cecil finds himself transfixed by Brian Slide, his music and his ideals. In this scene: Cecil (Michael Feast), Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers)

Velvet Goldmine - Flash Stampede

Velvet Goldmine - Flash Stampede

BBC covers the second wave of the sexual revolution started by gender-bending, glam rocker Brian Slade. In this scene: Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor)

Velvet Goldmine - A Record of His Own Life

Velvet Goldmine - A Record of His Own Life

To Arthur, Brian Slade is more than a star, he's a projection of his inner-self. In this scene: Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale)

Velvet Goldmine - I Lost My Girlhood, True

Velvet Goldmine - I Lost My Girlhood, True

Brian's escapades have gone too far, forcing Mandy, who's sacrificed everything for him, to finally move on. In this scene: Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers)

Velvet Goldmine - Tracy and Hepburn

Velvet Goldmine - Tracy and Hepburn

When Brian approaches Curt about cutting a record, he responds by saying, "You could be my man." And Jerry, being Jerry, takes it from there. In this scene: Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), Jerry Devine (Eddie Izzard)

Now Playing: Velvet Goldmine - Lost in the Lie
Starring: Toni Collette, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Eddie Izzard, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

As their larger-than-life personas become harder to maintain, Brian must make a difficult decision about his partnership with Curt. In this scene: Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), Jerry Devine (Eddie Izzard), Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers)