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George Michael: Freedom

  • Season 1

Summary

An intimate look into the extraordinary life and career of the award-winning singer and songwriter. Narrated by the star, it features never-seen personal footage and interviews with music legends.

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Episode 1: George Michael: Freedom

Summary

The singer-songwriter narrates a documentary charting his life and career, focusing on the period around the release of his 1990 album Listen without Prejudice Vol 1. The star opens his heart about his great love and loss, as well as the well-documented High Court battle with his record label, and there is personal archive and home footage and interviews, with contributions by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige and Tony Bennett.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

George Michael was putting the finishing touches to this autobiographical documentary when he died on Christmas Day last year. So it’s become an obituary, though one with its subject very much alive at its heart, and it’s thrilling.

Michael was the most magnificent pop star; he was sexy, he sang like a dream and he wrote magical, superb songs. He’s lively and honest, too, in his narration of a well-lived life. There are contributions from so many stars – Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Tracey Emin, Ricky Gervais, Sir Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige – but it’s Michael himself who captivates.

From the teen idol days with Wham!, through a mighty solo career, to the death from Aids of his lover Anselmo, his catastrophic falling-out with his record company Sony (“The whole thing was a complete waste of time, I regret it to this day”) and feeling comfortable with his sexuality, Michael is sharp and self-deprecating. What a loss.

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NarratorGeorge Michael

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DirectorGeorge Michael
DirectorDavid Austin
Executive producerDavid Austin
ProducerLisa Johnson
ProducerSteve Lappin

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