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Amazing Grace G

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“The glorious Aretha Franklin concert documentary Amazing Grace finally emerges 46 years later … an unmitigated joy.” – Los Angeles Times

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 power of Amazing Grace is its simple immediacy. 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. And at its centre is the Queen of Soul, shifting effortlessly from serenity to pure devotion.

“It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle.” – Rolling Stone

Tickets

0152
Sun 04 Aug 12:30 pm [0152]
Amazing Grace (87 mins)
Plenary 3 @ MCEC Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
8801
Fri 16 Aug 6:45 pm [8801]
Amazing Grace (87 mins)
Hoyts 10 & 11 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
9817
Fri 16 Aug 7:00 pm [9817]
Amazing Grace (87 mins)
Hoyts 7 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Featured Subjects
Alexander Hamilton, Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland
Director
realised by Alan Elliott
Producers
Alan Elliott, Chiemi Karasawa, Jerry Wexler, Joe Boyd, Joseph Woolf, Robert Johnson, Sabrina Owens, Spike Lee, Tirrell D Whittley
Editor
Jeff Buchanan
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Studiocanal

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