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An outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early thirties who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside he is wrestling with a powerful sexual appetite; he's obsessed with pornography and prefers short-term relationships with women that allow him to keep the world at arm's length. The grim routine of Brandon's life is upended when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) stops by for an extended visit without prior notice. While Brandon is reserved, Sissy is an outgoing and flashy musician, and she doesn't seem to care about her brother's need for privacy. When Sissy forces Brandon to look closely at his life, he comes to understand the circumstances that made him the man he is today as his veneer of calm begins to crack. Shame won the Firpresci Award (presented by the International Federation of Film Critics) at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 2, 2011


Awarded by
National Board of Review Michael Fassbender Spotlight Award 2011 Winner
Detroit Film Critics Society Michael Fassbender Best Actor 2011 Winner
L.A. Film Critics Association Michael Fassbender Best Actor 2011 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Fassbender Best Actor 2011 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Fassbender Best Actor in a Drama 2011 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Michael Fassbender Best Actor 2011 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Carey Mulligan Best Supporting Actress 2011 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Carey Mulligan Best Supporting Actress 2011 Nominee


Steve McQueen
Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
Abi Morgan
Steve McQueen
Sean Bobbitt
Ian Neil
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Escott
Composer (Music Score)
Joe Walker
Charles Kulsziski
Art Director
Bergen Swanson
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Tim Haslam
Executive Producer
Robert Walak
Executive Producer
Peter Hampden
Executive Producer
Heather Loeffler
Set Decorator
Glenn Freemantle
Sound/Sound Designer
Atilla Yucer
First Assistant Director
Tim Naylor
Camera Operator
Ken Ishii
Sound Mixer
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator
Niv Adiri
Re-Recording Mixer
Niv Adiri
Sound Editor
Paul Cotterell
Re-Recording Mixer
Roy Farfel
Stunts Coordinator
Ben Barker
Sound Effects Editor
Siobhan Boyes
Post Production Coordinator
Craig Lindberg
Makeup Special Effects
Danielle Blumstein
Unit Production Manager
Emma Zee
Post Production Supervisor
Erin Hicks
Department Head Hair