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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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