Channel 4 commissions new feature doc Freedom: George Michael (w/t)
Channel 4 announces it has commissioned an exciting new feature documentary Freedom: George Michael (w/t), an amazing and engaging film which covers an eventful five year period in George Michael's life. This period saw a complete change where he was able to grow as an artist and finally take full control of his life as well as his career. He fell in love for the first time, which sadly ended in tragedy. It also follows the gripping story of the making of George Michael's Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 and the infamous battle with his record company which followed ending up in the high court where George challenges the standard recording contract. Freedom: George Michael (w/t) is being produced by Sony Music Entertainment UK limited. The film is narrated by George himself, giving viewers his own personal account of this dramatic period in his life.
The feature documentary will include the original five supermodels from film director David Fincher's Freedom! '90 video, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista who will be coming together for the first time to talk about the experience and celebrate the iconic music video. The film will also feature famous fans of George and the album: Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tony Bennett and James Corden.
The 1 x 90' newly commissioned film will be a very personal documentary revealing how the boy from north London became one of the most influential recording artists of all time and helped to re-write the rules of the music industry and celebrity. The success of his first solo album Faith resulted in him becoming one of the few artists who could shift millions of albums worldwide. This was a dream scenario for the label but he had different plans. This resulted in a difference in opinion between him and the label over how the follow-up album Listen Without Prejudice was promoted.
The programme will feature rich unseen archive content, combining set piece interview sequences with an A-list cast of music and fashion luminaries, leading industry figures and other key characters.
Sony Music will be re-releasing George's Michael's iconic album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1. This was George's second solo album, but the first where he has said he felt fully in control artistically.
Freedom: George Michael (w/t) will include never before seen outtakes of the ground breaking video of Freedom! 90.
The feature documentary was commissioned by Channel 4’s Jonny Rothery, Commissioning Editor, Music & Formats. It will be Executive Produced by David Austin, with BAFTA nominee Phillip Smith directing and produced by Steven Lappin. The documentary will air on Channel 4 this autumn. It is being produced by Sony Music Entertainment UK limited and is being distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. US Cable network Showtime have acquired the feature documentary and it will air in the States later this year.