Whitney is a 2018 documentary film about the American singer and actress Whitney Houston. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Lisa Erspamer. Whitney was screened out of competition at the world premiere as part of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2018 with a cinema release on 6 July 2018. Terri White for Empire gave it 4/5, calling it: "A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney's life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer." Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: "In Whitney, Macdonald lays out Houston's story—the light and the darkness—in a classically etched, kinetically edited way. He makes superb use of archival footage, tickles us with montages of her heyday (not just Houston but the whole era—the way her songs, in hindsight, tapped into a certain free-floating ’80s jubilance), and interviews her family members and associates. The film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul."
Critic Reviews‘Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston's career.’ New Yorker ‘Kevin Macdonald's "Whitney" is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston's life; it's tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.’ Wall Street Journal ‘Kevin Macdonald's electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,’ Rolling Stone
AwardsEdinburgh International Film Festival 2018 Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film
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The film focuses on Wuornos' declining mental state and the questionable judgment to execute her despite her being of unsound mind. This chilling, unsettling documentary provides an eye-opening look at the American justice system. Nick Broomfield's documentary looks at Aileen's violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking prostitute which culminated in the murders. In her last interview, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen's request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves. On October 9th 2002 she was executed in Florida.
‘The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification.’ Boston Globe ‘Provides an opportunity to study one of history's supposed anomalies: a female serial killer.’ Washington Post
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award.
Tribeca Film Festival 2003, winner of the special mention award.
Critic Reviews‘A sad, involving story.’ The Guardian ‘Martin has bestowed cinematic order on mayhem-fuelled lives.’ Little White Lies ‘All This Mayhem captivates not only in its energetic style of storytelling, but also thanks to the charisma that exudes from the mouth of Tas as he honesty tells his side of this doomed Shakespearean tale.’ CineVue ‘Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too.’ Empire Magazine
AwardsAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winner of the best direction in a documentary, best editing in a documentary, best original music score in a documentary.
Critic Reviews‘Your sympathy and judgment coexist, no matter how wince-inducing it gets with each turbulent turn. Context is everything here.’ Los Angeles Times ‘For the most part the film chronicles the complex tale cogently and effectively, using extensive archival footage as well as contemporary interviews that help put the events in context.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘We see the resilience of the adult Elián when he takes a swim near a Cuban beach: After all he's endured, he's not afraid of the water.’ Village Voice
AwardsMontclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017, winner of the Junior Jury award
Critic Reviews‘Don't watch this film and expect an authoritative critical analysis of the film; watch it and explore the distorting, drug-like pull that some art can exert on its audience.’ Times (UK)
AwardsAustin Fantastic Fest Winner Jury Prize for Best Film & Best Director International Documentary Association Winner Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing
I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, "the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights."
‘I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film - bold, galvanising, even gripping…’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.’ Guardian
‘Raoul Peck's lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.’ Times UK
‘An astonishment.’ Observer (UK)
BAFTA Awards 2018 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary
Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Documentary
Berlin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Panorama Audience Award for best Documentary Film - Raoul Peck
Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention - Panorama
Chicago International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
César Awards, France 2018 Winner of the César for Best Documentary Film
Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Documentary
Empire Awards, UK 2018 Winner of the Empire Award for Best Documentary
Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Documentary
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2018 Winner of the ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winner of the LAFCA Award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2019 Winner of the Emmy - Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary
San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Documentary
Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the People's Choice Award for best Documentary