From Gandalf and Magneto to Sherlock Holmes with a spectacular career in between, British actor will receive a tribute featuring clips from some of his more than 50 films.


When the Mill Valley Film Festival unveiled the robust lineup for its 38th edition earlier this month, it hastily mentioned that there would be a just-secured tribute to Sir Ian McKellen, the veteran Shakespearean actor who became an international star later in life with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men series.
MVFF38 organizers clarified last week that McKellen, who is already generating Academy Award buzz for his portrayal of an elderly Sherlock Holmes in the new film Mr. Holmes, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and tribute featuring clips from some of his 50 films. McKellen will also sit down for a Q&A. The tribute includes a companion piece called “Women I’ve Filmed With.”
“Share in the passion and enthusiasm of this prolific actor as he recalls his favorite moments working with some of cinema’s most legendary actresses,” festival organizers say. “From Ava Gardner and Meryl Streep to Mrs. Harold Pinter (Vivien Merchant) and Laura Linney, McKellan has worked with the best on-screen. McKellen proposed this presentation specifically for MVFF, a unique event, never to be repeated.”
The event is set for Oct. 11 at 7:30pm at the Smith Rafael Film Center. A reception follows. Tickets range from $40 to $85. Information at

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