New documentary finally gives George Michael a chance to tell his own story

Tony Bennett, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are among the era’s standout musicians to appear in “George Michael Freedom Uncut,” an upcoming documentary about the pop pioneer. For fans, the film also offers a unique opportunity to hear Michael himself speak about his legacy.

Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing this week gave viewers a preview of “George Michael Freedom Uncut” via the trailer above. Michael appears in archival footage from his heyday in the late 1980s, as well as snippets of interviews later in his life, before his death in 2016 at the age of 53.

At the start of the trailer, Michael offers some candid thoughts about the challenges of stardom. “I can’t quite explain how overwhelming this kind of hysteria can be,” says the singer-songwriter, who was one half of British pop duo Wham! before embarking on a solo career in 1987.

Yet he was always keenly aware of the unifying power of music, noting, “I believe I can leave songs that will mean something to other generations.”

The film won’t shy away from Michael’s most controversial moments, including his 1998 arrest for engaging in a “lewd act” in a Beverly Hills bathroom. He came out as gay in an interview with CNN shortly after.

“George Michael Freedom Uncut” is set to hit theaters on June 22, days before what would have been Michael’s 59th birthday. The film is billed as the two-time Grammy winner’s “final work.” He reportedly put the finishing touches on an earlier incarnation of the project just weeks before his death, with plans to release it in 2017.


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