09 20 Oct '24
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Alexandre O. Philippe

You Can Call Me Bill

Edition 2023
96' - 2023 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe Composer: Jon Hegel With: William Shatner

William Shatner was 91 when You Can Call Me Bill was filmed, but he still talks with the enthusiasm of a youngster. A striking tribute to the man who will forever be associated with "To boldly go where no man has gone before."

In recent years Alexandre O. Philippe has become a loyal guest at Film Fest Gent. In his documentaries, the Swiss director explores the most fascinating corners of cinema, whether it's the universe of Alien in Memory: The Origins of Alien or the shower scene from Psycho in 78/52. In You Can Call Me Bill, he turns his lens to William Shatner, forever known as Captain Kirk from Star Trek. The entire film is built around a long interview with Shatner, with Philippe holding his camera remarkably close to his head. Shatner talks non-stop: about cinema and his career, about his two idols (Marlon Brando and Laurence Olivier), about death and his desire to return as a tree. There are no other speakers, but Shatner has had such a productive career that Philippe has plenty of fragments to choose from to illustrate the man's arguments. Though in the end, one question remains: why call him Bill?

“Dismissing self-parody in favor of self-reflection, the 91-year-old actor William Shatner (Star Trek) spends the entirety of the 96-minute documentary treating Philippe’s camera like a therapist, dissecting his career and his life with a clear eye toward his own mortality.” - The Hollywood Reporter

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Alexandre O. Philippe


Jon Hegel


William Shatner


Alexandre O. Philippe

Director of Photography

Robert Muratore


Patrick Huber, Dave Krahling


Jeff Annison, Kerry Deignan Roy, Bryan Talebi

Production studios

CCG Guardian Entertainment

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Countries of production

United States of America




Alexandre O. Philippe
Chick Flick: The Miracle Mike Story (2003), Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (2004), Left (2006), The Spot (2008), Inside (2009), The People vs. George Lucas (2010), The Right to Breathe (2011), The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus (2012), Doc of the Dead (2014), 75/52 (2017), Memory: Thee Origins of Alien (2019), Leap of Faith: Williem Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019), The Taking (2021), Lynch/Oz (2022)

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