Certificate 15

(2018) 120 mins

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Writer: Kevin Macdonald
Cinematography: Nelson Hume
Music: Adam Wiltzie


Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles. She also starred in several blockbuster movies before her brilliant career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals and death at age 48. The documentary feature Whitney is an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston’s life. Using never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and original interviews with the people who knew her best, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald unravels the mystery behind “The Voice,” who thrilled millions even as she struggled to make peace with her own troubled past.  From the official website

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“In Whitney, Macdonald lays out Houston’s story — the light and the darkness — in a classically etched, kinetically edited way. He makes superb use of archival footage, tickles us with montages of her heyday (not just Houston but the whole era — the way her songs, in hindsight, tapped into a certain free-floating ’80s jubilance), and interviews her family members and associates. The film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul.”  Variety

Kevin Macdonald goes off piste, avoiding sentimental hooks, the hits and the performances, what everyone wants, in order to travel deeper into darkness. It is a brave decision, like making a movie about Marilyn without showing clips from Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch.  Eye for Film

Fri 16 Nov Buckingham


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