One of the most successful recording artists of all time, with more consecutive #1 hits than the Beatles, endless scandals – drugs, sex, and a violent husband – finally eclipsed Whitney Houston’s rocketing star.

What becomes apparent, in this balanced biography, is that Houston was a nice person, deeply insecure, and vulnerable to the pressures of fame.

Archive includes a remarkable sequence of the 12-year-old girl singing in the church choir led by her mother, Cissy, and mostly unseen footage of her last tour of Europe in 1999.

Commentators include many of her music associates, but not Robyn Crawford, her life-long friend and reported lover.

Ultimately, a portrait of a particularly American tragedy.

Cape Town
V&A
Thu 8, 8.45pm
Labia
Fri 2, 8.45pm
Johannesburg
Rosebank
Fri 2, 8.45pm
Sat 10, 8pm
Director(s):
Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal
Country:
USA / UK
Year:
2017
Duration:
111 minutes
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