“Whitney,” Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s documentary about the life and career of singer-actress Whitney Houston, will be released on July 6 in the U.S., along with the United Kingdom and Ireland, Roadside Attractions and Miramax announced Friday.
Billed as the only film officially supported by the late entertainer’s estate, it is said to include previously unreleased recordings, never- before-seen personal home movie footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and a capellas of some of her biggest hits.
“I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully? I was lucky enough to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest,” said Macdonald, who won an Oscar for his 2000 documentary “One Day in September.”
“They entrusted me with the `keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went,” the Scottish director said. “At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.”
Patricia Houston, the late singer’s manager, sister-in-law and the executor of Houston’s estate, was one of the executive producers.
“To tell Whitney’s story, you have to know her story. We could not be more excited that Whitney’s fans will have this authoritative and definitive documentary chronicling the full arc or her career and the scope of Whitney’s entire life,” she said. “This is an amazing retrospective that celebrates Whitney with never-before-seen footage and Kevin approaches her life with no blinders on. He captures all of Whitney’s magic, and he does not ignore the hard times.”
The film is being released stateside by Roadside Attractions and Miramax, and in the U.K. and Ireland by Altitude Film Entertainment’s distribution arm.
–City News Service