16 June 2019 7:45pm
19 June 2019 8pm
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 88 mins
Director: Sydney Pollack,Alan Elliott
Cast: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin
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.
“Franklin – focused, transcendentally beautiful and sweating profusely – takes us back to her roots.” ★★★★★ – London Evening Standard
“An evergreen tribute to one of America’s finest singers, Amazing Grace, like its subject, is one of a kind.” – AV Club
“The voice of Aretha Franklin is touched by God. And the glory is all there in this landmark concert film of her 1972 gospel shows, long delayed by technical problems. They say good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it.” ★★★★★ – Rolling Stone