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Film, from 21 Jul 2019

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

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In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become one of the biggest albums of Aretha Franklin’s career and one of her most beloved works.

But even as the album gained fans around the world, few realised that those inspirational sessions had not only been recorded, they had been filmed by a camera crew led by Oscar winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Pollack and his team spent two nights capturing Franklin at the height of her powers, as she thrilled a shouting and dancing audience that included Franklin’s father, Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers and Mick Jagger. But due to technical problems the film has never been seen. Until now.
Amazing Grace is an extraordinary look at a key moment in American musical and social history, and an invaluable record of one of America’s greatest artists doing what she did best.

“a rough gem unearthed” - the Variety : 

https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/amazing-grace-review-aretha-frankl... [https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/amazing-grace-review-aretha-franklin-1203027289/]

REVIEWS:
“An Instant Classic” – RollingStone - 5 stars
https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/thunder-road-movie-rev... [https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/thunder-road-movie-review-735263/]
“Fascinating Portrait of a Broken Man” – IndieWire – 4 stars https://www.indiewire.com/2018/03/thunder-road-review-jim-cummings-sxsw-... [https://www.indiewire.com/2018/03/thunder-road-review-jim-cummings-sxsw-2018-1201939281/]

DIRECTOR: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
DETAILS: US, 2018, 87mins, cert. TBC
STARRING: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin

Credit cards accepted (no fee)On-site light refreshments

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 21 Jul 2019 15:45 to 00:00
Mon 22 Jul 2019 18:30 to 00:00

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    Contact

    Hyde Park Picture House

    Address

    Brudenell Road,
    Leeds,
    LS6 1JD

    Location

    Directions

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    Map reference: SE 283351  Lat: 53.81143 Long: -1.57168

    By Car
    From the city centre: Follow signs for A660 to Skipton (which after about a mile turns into Woodhouse Land). From north Leeds: Follow signs to A660 (Otley Road), Hyde Park is in between Headingley and Leeds city centre.

    By Bus
    From the city centre: The 56 runs frequently and stops right outside the cinema. Alternatively take the 1, 28, 95, 96, 97 or 97A and get off at Hyde Park Corner. Or thake the 18 or 18A and get off at Cardigan Road.

    By Train
    Take the train to Burley Park Station and take the Cardigan Road exit then follow directions to the cinema.


    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station

    Facilities

    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments