Amazing Grace

Directed by Realised and Produced by Alan Elliott
88 minutes
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"Spine-tingling", "sensational", "rousing": just a few of the words used for Aretha Franklin's show-stopping performance in this previously unreleased film of her 1972 concert.

The legendary singer and daughter of a Detroit preacher was raised on gospel music. After a string of hits, at age 29 she returned briefly to her roots. Over two days at L.A.'s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, accompanied by the Southern Californian Community Choir, Aretha sang from the heart and her astounding performance was captured by filmmaker Sydney Pollack. The resulting recording, Amazing Grace, became her most successful album, but the film of her performance – for multiple reasons – was never released...until now. In the audience her father, legendary gospel singers and Mick Jagger are squished alongside camera crew and sound technicians. But all eyes and ears are on the Queen of Soul herself – and she's never been more mesmerising.

Flexipasses are not valid for Back by Popular Demand sessions Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June.
A triumph of timeless artistry over transitory obstacles; its very existence is a secular miracle.
Richard Brody, New Yorker
You get both the most lovely gaze a professional camera’s ever laid upon Aretha Franklin and some of the mightiest singing she’s ever laid on you.
Wesley Morris, New York Times


Sun 9 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Mon 10 June
The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Past Event Cancel
Wed 19 June
Sold Out Dendy Newtown
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Program Strand
Sounds on Screen, Festival Hits, Selling Fast, Back By Popular Demand
In English
Realised and Produced by Alan Elliott
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Biography, Focus on Women, Music, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
Distributor: StudioCanal
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