Billie

Dir: James Erskine
United Kingdom / 2019 / 96mins

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Her breathtaking talent has delighted and charmed fans around the world, but Billie Holiday's story is one of struggle, strength and tragedy. 

In the late 1960s, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie. Over the next decade, she tracked down and recorded interviews with the extraordinary characters that populated the iconic singer’s short, tumultuous life. But Linda's book was never finished, and 200-hours of taped interviews were never heard.

Painstakingly compiled from these original recordings, set to restored and even colorized footage of 'Lady Day', Billie captures the singer's depths and complexity, conjuring up her life through the haunting, brutally honest and intimate testimony of childhood friends, family, lovers, lawyers, pimps, pushers and musical greats including Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn and Count Basie.

 

Monday 30 May, 20:00 - this screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Zoom Q&A with director James Erskine and co-producer Shianne Brown. 

“A newly unvaulted treasure trove of audio interviews about Billie Holiday that were conducted in the 1970s forms the basis of a transfixing documentary about the master jazz singer” VARIETY

“A Must see” ROLLING STONE

“An incredible documentary, blending sublime colorisation and Billie herself singing from her soul” RADIO FRANCE