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Kevin Macdonald to direct first official Whitney Houston documentary

Kevin Macdonald

Story by Jack Foley

KEVIN Macdonald is to direct the first official documentary on the life of late singer and actress Whitney Houston.

According to the filmmaker, the film will chart Houston’s rise from gospel singer to global star and will include interviews with friends, family and collaborators, including Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited with discovering the singer.

The film would be the first documentary to be endorsed by Houston’s estate, following her death at the age of 48, in 2012.

Macdonald, who directed The Last King of Scotland as well as the acclaimed documentaries Touching The Void and Life In A Day, commented: “I want audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music.

“I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget. She changed the way pop music was sung – bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots.

“Although we won’t shy away from the darker parts of Whitney’s life – her descent into addiction – I want audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music.”

Houston was one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, with hits including I Will Always Love You and Saving All My Love For You.

She won two Emmys, six Grammys and more than 20 American Music Awards and also enjoyed film success alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, a film which has since spawned West End and Broadway versions.

However, her later career was overshadowed by drug abuse and her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown.

Macdonald’s documentary will be released in the UK in 2017.

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