Before George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016 at just 53, he was heavily involved in a documentary on his life and career. Now the first trailer for George Michael Freedom Uncut has arrived with posthumous recordings offering devastatingly honest views on his newfound fame during his early career. The singer admitted: “I can’t really explain how overwhelming that kind of hysteria can be. I remember thinking, I really don’t know if I’ll ever do this again.”
Michael is also heard saying in the documentary that will open up on his private life: “All I wanted at that time was success. You have a right to walk away… The music industry takes away that right from every artist it signs… And I want to leave songs, I believe I can leave songs that will mean something to other generations.”
George Michael Freedom Uncut is also set to feature interviews with stars from Sir Elton John to Ricky Gervais, with Liam Gallagher branding him: “Modern day Elvis”.
The movie will be 108 minutes long with other talking heads including Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers and Mary J Blige.
Director and close friend David Austin said: “The film is George’s final work. Narrated by George himself, it is the complete story. George Michael was an inspiring artist whose story deserves to be shared on the big screen globally.”
Tickets for the cinematic release of George Michael Freedom Uncut are on sale now ahead of the film’s debut on June 22, 2022 and can be ordered here.