For award-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney, it is also time for re-assessing the hard-driving perfectionist who revolutionized the way people communicate but whose treatment of friends, family and co-workers was sometimes rife with contradiction.
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ breaks no new ground factually. But it contrasts the man who once aspired to be a Buddhist monk with the businessman who initially denied paternity of his first child and presided over a company that paid Chinese iPhone makers a pittance and pared back its philanthropic programs while reaping billions in profits.
The documentary, releasing in US movie theaters on September 4, uses archival footage of Jobs as well as interviews with journalists, some former friends and ex-Apple employees. Both Apple and Jobs’ widow Laurene declined to co-operate.
Gibney says he didn’t set out to vilify Jobs, whose death of pancreatic cancer in 2011 was mourned worldwide with an intensity usually afforded a rock star.
“The imperative for me to make this film was why so many people who didn’t know Steve Jobs were weeping when he left,” he said.
Ibney says there is one question he would have liked to ask Jobs, given the chance.
“He kept talking about values, the values of Apple. I would have asked Steve Jobs, ‘what are your values?’ Please express your values. That is what I would have liked to hear from him in an honest and straightforward way.”
Another film about Jobs, the feature movie ‘Steve Jobs’ starring Michael Fassbender as the late Apple CEO, is due for release in October.