Six years after the untimely death of Whitney Houston at age 48, her family is ready to commemorate her life with a new documentary. They granted Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald access to a treasure trove including “previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and a capellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits.”
Macdonald has crafted all of this raw material into a new film, “Whitney,” which will hit theaters on July 6. In anticipation of that release, a teaser trailer has just hit the airwaves. (Watch the video above) Among those featured in the film are Houston’s husband Bobby Brown, her mentor and record label boss Clive Davis and her co-star in “The Bodyguard” Kevin Costner.
Macdonald won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000 for “One Day in September,” a gripping film about the hostage crisis at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He then directed Forest Whitaker to an Oscar in 2006 for his compelling portrayal of dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” Since then he has worked on such varied fare as a biopic of Bob Marley and the time travel Hulu drama “11.22.63.”
“Whitney” marks his return to documentary film-making. As he explained when this project was announced last year, “I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully?” For MacDonald, his new film offers “an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.”
Echoes the late singer’s sister-in-law Patricia Houston, who is the executor of the estate, “This is an amazing retrospective that celebrates Whitney with never-before-seen footage and Kevin approaches her life with no blinders on. He captures all of Whitney’s magic, and he does not ignore the hard times.”