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A powerful documentary which tells or the huge talent and many troubles of pop superstar Whitney Houston.
Kevin Macdonald’s haunting, richly contextualised documentary portrait celebrates the pop supernova who became a one-woman hit factory in the 1980s and ‘90s. But it delves more deeply into the troubled persona behind the prodigiously talented star. Houston was beset by issues of image and identity, sexuality and childhood trauma that became more combustible under the pressures of a bad marriage, a drug habit and a stinging betrayal by the father she idolised. An American tragedy, explored with sensitivity and probing complexity.
(2018 UK / USA 117 mins)
New documentary Whitney weaves a complex new tapestry thanks to the intimacy, depth and scale of the access secured by Kevin Macdonald, who previously directed documentaries Touching The Void and Marley. The film boasts a striking visual texture from the opening scene, Macdonald splicing footage of Houston, wider political and news footage, previously unseen photographs, finished tracks and isolated vocals into dynamic montages … A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney’s life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer. Terri White, Empire
BBFC advice: Contains strong language, drug references and references to child sex abuse
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This film should be available in audio described format but this is subject to confirmation upon final testing prior to screenings. Please therefore contact the cinema prior to booking at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that audio description is available. The optimum sound can be heard in the first three rows in the auditorium (rows AA, A and B), seats 1-12. We are currently seeking funding to install an enhanced system that will cover the whole auditorium.