George Michael: Freedom
For GM fans, prepare to have your heartbroken, again..
I was sitting on the couch one night this week, already underway watching the next episode of Netflix’s Mindhunter when a friend texted to say that the documentary George Michael: Freedom was being shown on Channel 9. I gave up on free-to-air TV a looong time ago (being a self-confessed part of the ‘Netflix-and-chill’ generation) hating ads with a passion but hey, it was GEORGE MICHAEL and I’ve been dying to watch this documentary. It did not disappoint, and narrated by GM himself, contains lots of concert footage, excerpts of interviews, candid personal shots and interviews with luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Nile Rodgers, Mary J. Blige, Mark Ronson and a few of the glamazon babes featured in the iconic ‘Freedom ‘90’ music video. Some of the greatest musical heroes have been taken away from us in the most abrupt fashion in recent times, Prince, Bowie, Sharon Jones, Whitney, Amy Winehouse (too many to name right?) and it was that fateful day, uncannily, last Christmas when George Michael passed. The documentary provides a deeply personal insight, containing the words of the subject himself, the battles he fought throughout his life and career, fighting with Sony to end his recording contract, opening up about his sexuality, through to losing his lover, Anselmo Feleppa to AIDS and not long after, losing his mother to cancer. It’s evident from the huge names featured in the documentary, (those whom he had collaborated or been friends with), how respected and loved GM is, as one of the greatest voices ever and songwriters of our time. I was just 12 years old when his album ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ was released, listening to the lead track, ‘Praying for Time’ over and over again, being hit by it’s message about inequality and of course, SO MUCH EMOTION (and yes, I’m a sucker for a key change) pouring through his voice in the lines “So you scream from behind your door, say “what’s mine is mine and not yours, I may have too much but I’ll take my chances, ‘Cause God’s stopped keeping score”. Rest in power you beautiful man x
Freedom ’90 (Directed by David Fincher, 1990)
George Michael + Queen – Somebody To Love (Live at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, 1992)
Praying For Time (Directed by Michael Borofsky, 1990)