Oscar nominated Sir Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave star in an Oscar-winning tribute to the controversial life of an eccentric genius. He was the father of Frankenstein and his eerie images shocked the world. So did his private life. Director James Whale (Ian McKellen) flew in the face of Hollywood convention and his glittering career became tarnished by scandal and sexual excess. Alone with only his loyal housekeeper (Lynn Redgrave) in his declining years, and suffering from bad health, his unusual friendship with hunky gardener Clayton Boone (Brendan Fraser) started Tinseltown tongues wagging again. A riveting and poignant salute to a tragic pioneer of motion pictures, Sir Ian McKellen gives the performance of a lifetime in this critically acclaimed masterpiece.