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Showtime preps George Michael doc

Showtime is bringing the life of musician George Michael to the small screen in the new documentary George Michael: Freedom. Commissioned by UK pubcaster Channel 4, the doc covers the musician’s entire ...
September 19, 2017

Showtime is bringing the life of musician George Michael to the small screen in the new documentary George Michael: Freedom.

Commissioned by UK pubcaster Channel 4, the doc covers the musician’s entire career, but spotlights the period in Michael’s life leading up to and following the making of his best-selling album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, as well as his High Court battle with his record label.

Produced by Sony Music Entertainment UK and filmed before Michael’s passing in December, the documentary is narrated by the singer, who was heavily involved in the making of the film.

Freedom features Michael’s unseen archival and private home footage as well as interviews with the five original supermodels from Oscar-nominated director David Fincher’s Freedom! ’90 video: Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista. The models come together for the first time to discuss their experiences filming the iconic music video.

The doc includes interviews with some of Michael’s friends, including music legends Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett.

The doc was directed by George Michael and David Austin and produced by Lisa Johnson and Austin. Austin also serves as executive producer.

The Freedom documentary joins a list of Showtime Documentary Films featuring famous musicians including Whitney: Can I Be Me? and the upcoming Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul and Eric Clapton’s: Life In 12 Bars.

George Michael: Freedom premieres Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, on demand and over the internet.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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