AMAZING GRACE | Discover our Best Of 2019 Series
Image of Aretha Franklin performing at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in 1972. An image from the documentary Amazing Grace.

AMAZING GRACE

Best of 2019
Dir: Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack
United States / 2018 / 87mins

Aretha Franklin recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace during two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles.

Sydney Pollack and his crew captured the incredible footage, but the project was shelved. 47 years later, the recordings have been brought out and the film completed – as Pollack’s wishes before his death in 2008.

Backed by the Southern California Community Choir, the legendary Atlantic records rhythm backing, and with her mentor Reverend James Cleveland by her side and father in the audience, the atmosphere is electric.

The music in Amazing Grace is phenomenal, and the observational footage of Aretha Franklin moving her audiences and making history is a divine experience.

The 4PM showing of Amazing Grace on Sunday 12 May featured a live gospel introduction by the London International Gospel Choir. This event was co-presented with We Are Parable.

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. 

Part of our Best Of 2019 Series

Book Tickets

Date: Fri 10 May 2019 - Wed 8 Jan 2020
Price: REGULAR £9 (£7 CONCESSIONS)
Sunday 29th December
18:00
Wednesday 1st January
18:00
Wednesday 8th January
18:00

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ADVERTS PLAYED BEFORE FILMS IN THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN. ALL FEATURES WILL START PROMPTLY FOLLOWING A SELECTION OF TRAILERS.