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Amazing Grace (U)

20-23 September

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, we are delighted to bring you a second chance to see Amazing Grace on the big screen at GFT.

In 1972, 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, Reverend C L Franklin, gospel legends Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, and the members of The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. For almost 40 years, the film was never screened, until its rediscovery in 2019. Back at GFT following its popular run on release, it's the perfect accompaniment to Oscar-tipped Respect.

No one who loves music will want to miss this thrilling film, which is both 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.

Respect

Love Aretha Franklin? We're also screening the spectacular biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson. More information and tickets available here.

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  • Directors Alan Elliot, Sydney Pollack
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2019
  • Running time 1h27m
  • Certificate U

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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