Roadside Attractions has released the official trailer for “Whitney,” ahead of its premiere at Cannes.
The documentary is an in-depth look at the life of the beloved and deeply troubled icon, Whitney Houston. Kevin Macdonald directs this feature, bringing his Oscar-winning skill along with him.
Macdonald won an Academy Award for the historical documentary “One Day in September,” about the kidnapping of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He also directed additional documentaries such as “A Brief History of Errol Morris,” “Life in a Day,” and “Marley.” He also directed Forest Whitaker to an Academy Award with “The Last King of Scotland” in 2006.
And now Macdonald goes deep into the life and career of Whitney Houston. The singer began her career in the 1970s, singing backup to the likes of Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. Moving into the 80s, she added modeling to her credits, becoming only the second woman of color to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine.
Houston’s life changed forever when she met Clive Davis, who wanted to sign her immediately. Her first album, the eponymous “Whitney Houston” hit in 1985, and “You Give Good Love” became her first single. She went on to become one of the highest-selling female singers in history. She was the only artist to chart seven consecutive number 1 singles in the US.
Houston made her big screen debut opposite Kevin Costner in “The Bodyguard” in 1992. She followed that with the Forest Whitaker-directed “Waiting to Exhale” in 1995, and “The Preacher’s Wife” in 1996. That film was a remake of the 1947 film “The Bishop’s Wife” with Cary Grant and Loretta Young. In 1997, she starred as the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s TV movie version of “Cinderella.” Her final film, “Sparkle,” was released several months after her tragic death in 2012.
For this documentary, Macdonald spoke with friends, relatives, colleagues, and associates. It is a frank look at the singer’s life, and all the ways that things went wrong.
It premieres later today at Cannes, and will be in theaters for US audiences on July 6.