The documentary film that debuted at SXSW this March, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, will today hit theatres and video-on-demand platforms. However, if you want to watch a movie that fits the image Apple execs want to keep of him, you may want to skip this.
The documentary directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney sparked controversy, as it focuses on the “brutal” side of Jobs instead of his great contributions to Apple and impact on the world.
Actually, when the film premiered back in March, Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue tweeted: “It’s not a reflection of the Steve I knew.”
As noted by Re/code, the movie also includes rare and fascinating footage of Jobs sparring with SEC lawyers during a 2008 deposition.
In an interview with Re/code, Gibney opens up and reveals why his movie doesn’t have any Apple execs on camera:
When we first reached out to Apple … they sent us emails saying, “We’re sorry, but we do not have the resources to deal with your requests.” So I felt like we should all pitch in to help Apple develop those resources.
When asked whether he likes Steve Jobs, Gibney said he is “conflicted about him”. While recognizing a lot of himself, he pointed to Jobs’ cruelty and his “inability to get outside himself and to see himself and his company in a broader perspective.”
If you are open to seeing another side of Steve Jobs, this documentary may be the one for you (it costs $4.99 on the US iTunes Store and runs for 2 hr 8 min – sorry Canada). If not, wait for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, which, by the way, will premiere tomorrow at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival.