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Aretha Franklin was the daughter of a preacher man who honed her stupendous talents in gospel music. In 1972, aged 29 and at her Grammy-winning peak, she recorded a live album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Director Sydney Pollack, then a talented up-and-comer, was there to document Franklin’s musical homecoming. Amazing Grace would become Franklin’s biggest-selling album, but sound synchronisation problems kept Pollack’s footage in the vault. Then came legal dramas fraught enough to make a film themselves: for her own reasons, Franklin didn’t want the footage shown. After her death in 2018, her family gladly gave permission for audiences to witness something truly transcendent. The restored film puts you right there in the church, getting uplifted with a congregation of family and friends including Franklin’s dad and Mick Jagger from Rolling Stones. And at its centre is the queen of soul, shifting effortlessly from serenity to pure devotion.
Alan Elliott, born in 1964, studied composition and orchestration. He is composer, producer and director. He composed, orchestrated and arranged scores for many TV shows and musical acts such as Beck, V.A.S.T., Jamiroquai and Supergrasss. Amazing Grace (2018) is his first film as a director.
Spike Lee, Alan Elliott, Joe Boyd, Rob Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Sabrina V. Owens, Tirrell D. Whittley, Joseph Woolf
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