GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM Premieres October 21 on HBO Canada
— October 11, 2017
– A poignant portrait of the late Grammy® Award winner and his extraordinary career, Michael narrates the documentary which serves as his final work –
– Featuring Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, James Corden, and more –
“…one of the great pop vocalists of all time, an icon that was never afraid to walk away from unimaginable success when he felt like it was time for a change” – Rolling StoneTORONTO (October 11, 2017) – HBO Canada presents the exclusive Canadian broadcast premiere of GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM on Saturday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET.
GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM covers the span of his entire career but concentrates on the formative period in the late Grammy® Award-winner’s life and career, leading up to and following the making of his acclaimed, best-selling album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 and his subsequent, infamous High Court battle with his record label that followed, while also becoming poignantly personal about the death of his late partner and first love, Anselmo Feleppa. Filmed before Michael’s untimely passing, the documentary is narrated by the singer, who was heavily involved in the making of the film that serves as his final work.
GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM features George’s incredible, unseen archival and private home-footage, giving viewers a first-person account of this dramatic period in his life.
The feature documentary includes the original five supermodels from Oscar®-nominated director David Fincher's “Freedom! '90” video who come together for the first time to discuss their experience on the iconic music video. The film also features interviews with some of Michaels’ most famous friends and music legends, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean- Paul Gaultier, James Corden, and Tony Bennett.
Following its premiere, the documentary is available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. Following its broadcast run, GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM begins streaming on CraveTV next month, joining a robust lineup of music documentaries and specials that includes PRINCE: SIGN O’ THE TIMES, WHITNEY: “CAN I BE ME”, MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR, Spike Lee’s MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL, and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK.
Produced by Sony Music Entertainment U.K. and commissioned by Jonny Rothery for Channel 4, GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM was directed by George Michael and David Austin, and produced by Lisa Johnson and David Austin. David Austin also serves as executive producer. The film is distributed by BBC Worldwide.
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