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Whitney

Project information

Talent Síle Culley
Role of participant Distributor
Director Kevin Macdonald
Status finished

Production details

Running time 120 min
Genre Biopic
Year of production 2018
Country of Production United Kingdom
Production Companies
Lightbox
Altitude Film Entertainment
Happy Street Entertainment
Website https://whitney.film/


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Synopsis

With over 200 million album sales worldwide, and remaining the only artist to chart seven consecutive US No. 1’s, Whitney Houston was the voice of a generation. Coming from an esteemed lineage of singers, Whitney was destined to be plucked from her gospel-singing roots to rule the world stage. She inspired a generation of singers from Mariah Carey to Beyoncé and her unforgettable performance of The Star-Spangled Banner unlocked an anthem that had for so long been dismissed by many black artists.
But all these achievements have become a footnote to a story of addiction and self-destruction. With salacious stories filling the columns of tabloid papers and magazines, Whitney had the voice of an angel onstage, but was being torn apart by her demons offstage.
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (MARLEY, TOUCHING THE VOID) and from two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN), the film will for the first time, give audiences an unprecedented and unique look into Whitney’s life. This will be an unflinching and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those closest to her.
Made with full access to her family and collaborators, the film will showcase exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from her time as a recording artist and performer. By casting her story and her work in a new and revealing light, WHITNEY will reassess the life and legacy of one of music’s biggest stars.


Participation in international festivals / awards

Cannes Film Festival 2018
Sydney Film Festival 2018
Biografilm Festival 2018
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018
Munich International Film Festival 2018