Netflix are to expand their range of original programmes with a documentary about one the 20th Century’s greatest musicians.
What Happened, Miss Simone? will use three decades worth of unheard interviews, concert recordings and diaries to tell her story. Directed by the Oscar nominated Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against The World) and assisted by the Singer’s estate, it will be released worldwide next year.
Simone was an explosive musical genius who crossed genres, she always considered herself first and foremost a pianist, and believed she had been held back in the classical world by racism. A prominent civil rights activist, one of her earliest memories was performing to segregated audiences in the churches of North Carolina. She was equally well known for explosive temperament, on and off-stage. Her performance at Montreux in 1976 is infamous.
Netflix previously hosted the Oscar nominated documentary The Square, abut the Egyptian uprising of 2011, as well as Print the Legend, about the modern world of fast prototype manufacturing. What Happened, Miss Simone will be released in the same year as Nina, a biopic of the artist starring Zoe Saldana.
Now here’s Simone singing I Put a Spell on You, the uncontested best song ever. Don’t contest it with me. I will fight you.