George Michael: Freedom on Showtime

“George Michael: Freedom” premieres on Saturday, October 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet on Showtime.

The press release states, in part:

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 Michael’s incredible, unseen archival and private home footage, giving viewers a first-person account of this dramatic period in his life – revealing how he became one of the most influential recording artists of all time who alone fought a corner for all artists by challenging the standard recording contract helping to rewrite the rules of the music industry. He talks about why he stepped out of the limelight and turned his back on celebrity.

The feature documentary includes the original five supermodels from Oscar-nominated director David Fincher’s “Freedom! ’90” video – Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista – 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 Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett.

4 thoughts on “George Michael: Freedom on Showtime

  1. Well I’m glad to have something official from George to watch but I’m not immediately struck with a sense of “wow this is the definitive story of GM” I don’t even particularly want to hear a load of “celebrities” gushing on about George,I would like it to be his story told in his words by him,with interviews with friends and family and yes the fans who have stayed with him for years. I knew this documentary was in the making because he himself placed a request for video and photo material to be sent I’m by fans who had seen him at any point. In terms of George’s career this is only one small part of it and not what I would think his most prolific. Oh well its a start but I hope to see more in years to come. I think the benchmark for musical biographical documentaries would be martin Scorsese’s brilliant documentary about George Harrison.

  2. The doc is on TV in Britain Monday 16th Oct on channel 4 at 9 pm. According to MSN news Adelle has recorded a couple of GM covers which will open the documentary. I have a feeling I’ll be eating humble pie after my less than enthusiastic previous posting! Won’t be the first time :-p

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  3. Well the documentary was ok, it wasn’t particularly enlightening but it wasn’t bad either,pretty middle of the road to be honest. I’m putting this down to George not being around to finish it off so what was left seems to have been assembled into some sort of narrative with contributions from various people to keep it going. What struck me was how much was missing, no contributions from close friends other than David Austin,no family,nothing about how wham came about,no contributions from wham,nothing from queen,nothing from Paul McCartney (10 year old clips do not count!) nothing from his contemporaries or even competitors,even Geri halliwell was absent and she never shuts up about George! And the super models were moaning about how difficult it was shooting too funky ggggrrt on the other hand the people whose contributions were worth listening to had nothing but praise for George,the parts that touched on Georges first love were heart felt but we have heard Georges heart for years,I think maybe he wanted to show anselmo off for one last time because he was unable to do so properly at the time. So there is still much more to say about GM,In reality I think the loss is still too raw and it just hasn’t fully registered yet with most people that George isn’t here anymore because he was like the most invisible – visible object when he was here. The world at large is too busy going about its business to really set some time aside to remember him,a few of us have already started but collectively every one else is being a bit naughty and selfish! So for now we have to wait a bit longer to see more in terms of remembrance & recognition of George,but aren’t we the most patient fans in music anyway!!🎸 god bless George and love to all you fellow lovelies ❎ 💕

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