18 certificateShame is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Shame is a 4 star programme

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Shame (2011)

Directed by
Steve McQueen

Michael Fassbender stars in Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen's drama about a sex-addicted New Yorker.

Brandon (Fassbender) is a good-looking, well-dressed and successful Manhattan tech exec. He lives alone in a stylish, if austere, apartment and relentlessly pursues what has become his defining obsession: orgasm.

From early morning masturbation, through online-fuelled office onanism, to the women he coldly picks up or the prostitutes he pays, he's driven by his unremitting, but entirely joyless, need for sexual release. How he arrived at this sorry state is unexplained, but he does his best to keep this side of his life separate from his friends and colleagues. Apart, that is from his married boss David, who's well aware of the porn-clogged hard drive on Brandon's desk; a fact he seems to use as leverage to 'encourage' Brandon to accompany him on his own extra-marital dalliances in singles bars.

And then, unexpectedly and wholly unwantedly, Brandon's sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) pitches up, needing a place to stay; her passion and need for human contact are his polar opposite, and the siblings' enforced proximity duly delivers a variety of tensions...

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour

When is Shame next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 November 3rd, 11:10pm and on Film4 Plus 1 November 4th, 12:10am. See more...


Image for Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender...Brandon Sullivan
Lucy Walters...Woman on Subway Train
Mari-Ange Ramirez...Alexa
James Badge Dale...David Fisher
Nicole Beharie...Marianne
Alex Manette...Steven
Hannah Ware...Samantha
Elizabeth Masucci...Elizabeth
Rachel Farrar...Rachel
Loren Omer...Loren
Image for Carey MulliganCarey Mulligan...Sissy Sullivan
Lauren Tyrrell...Hostess
Marta Milans...Cocktail Waitress
Jake Richard Siciliano...Skype Son
Robert Montano...Waiter