Well, it’s about time.
The trailer for singer George Michael’s long-awaited documentary biopic, Freedom Uncut has finally arrived, bringing with it the story of his career, and the scandal that almost cost him everything.
George Michael first burst onto the music scene as half of the singing duo Wham! in the 1980s. Their songs “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Freedom,” among others, became international hits and remain radio staples to this day. In 1987, he went solo, finding success with the tunes “Faith” and “I Want Your Sex.” By the 1990s, he’d become one of the most successful recording artists of his day. That all threatened to evaporate in 1998 when police arrested him in a Beverly Hills public bathroom for engaging in a “lewd act” with an undercover officer. The scandal marred Micheal’s pop star image, and outed him as gay.
Michael addressed the scandal in the video for the song “Outside,” which featured him dancing in a glitzed-out public restroom, making fun of his arrest. His career rebounded thereafter, though he still faced issues with substance abuse. He died suddenly in the early morning hours of Christmas 2016 from an undiagnosed heart condition. His boyfriend of four years, Fadi Fawaz, discovered him dead in their home.
Now George Michael’s music and legacy resurrect him on the big screen. The singer had overseen work on the documentary alongside director David Austin prior to his death in 2016. Billed as Michael’s “final work,” the film will retrace his life and career discussing the impact of his music. Sony will release the film June 22 in honor of his 59th birthday.
Have a look. We guess it will be nice.