Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing have announced the premiere of George Michael Freedom Uncut, a deeply autobiographical feature documentary narrated by the late Grammy Award winner. George Michael Freedom Uncut will be released as a global cinema event on Wednesday 22 June.
Produced by Big Geoff Overseas Limited and interwoven with exclusive, personal archival footage, this year’s theatrical release includes never-seen-before footage from one of the most iconic videos in music history, Freedom! ’90, directed by Oscar nominated David Fincher. The music video has been recently remastered in 4K and will screen in full ahead of the main feature in cinemas worldwide.
“George Michael was an inspiring artist whose story deserves to be shared on the big screen globally,” said Tom Mackay, president, premium content, Sony Music Entertainment. “In honor of George’s birthday this June, we are thrilled to be working with David Austin and our partners at Trafalgar Releasing to bring fans unprecedented access to his extraordinary life both on and off stage.”
Marc Allenby, CEO, Trafalgar Releasing said, “We are proud to be bringing George Michael’s final work to the big screen in this global cinema event. As an artist whose music continues to resonate across generations, this event will be a fitting tribute to George’s life and career, giving fans the opportunity to celebrate communally in cinemas worldwide.”
Throughout the film, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to the making of this documentary before his tragic passing in 2016, making George Michael Freedom Uncut an incredibly special posthumous release and a poignant and moving tribute to his legacy.
The film delves into the turbulent period after Faith leading up to, during and after the making of his Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1 album in 1990. At this pivotal period of his life, Michael was able to fight for his artistic freedom and lead the way for others. He meets his first real love, Anselmo Feleppa and navigates both the heartbreak of Anselmo’s early tragic passing from an AIDS related illness and the devastating loss of his mother. George Michael Freedom Uncut is also a brilliant reminder of Michael’s outstanding musical genius during the Wham! years and throughout his solo career. The film features timeless duets with his favorite artists and explores how he influenced the cultural landscape of his generation as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.