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WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME

AN UNFLINCHING ACCOUNT OF A PASSIONATE SINGER

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By Charlie David Page
4th June 2017

Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever. For a time, she was, and then she all-too-publicly fell short.

Documentarian Nick Broomfield and iconic music video director Rudi Dolezal offer a never-before-seen backstage look at the height of Houston’s stardom and trace with penetrating detail the forces that contributed to her shortened career and subsequent death in 2012, at age 48.

Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned. They create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how that talent lives when the stage lights go down.

Click here for our full Sydney Film Festival review for 'Whitney: Can I Be Me'.

The 'Whitney: Can I Be Me' competition has now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.

Competition opens at 5pm AEST on Sunday 4th June 2017 and closes at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 11th June 2017. Ten winners will be chosen at random on Monday 12th June 2017. To successfully win, entrants must fulfil the above entry conditions before the time the competition closes. Current members/followers are eligible to enter the competition. Only one entry per person. Only one winner per household. To be a valid winner, the entrant must not have won a prize from SWITCH within the last 21 days. Each winner will receive one double pass to 'Whitney: Can I Be Me'. By entering, you agree to receive occasional emails from SWITCH in the future. If you decide to unsubscribe from these updates, any further entries will not be applicable. Only Australian residents are eligible to enter.

'Whitney: Can I Be Me' is in cinemas from Thursday the 15th June 2017 through Rialto.

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RELEASE DATE: 15/06/2017
RUN TIME: 1h 51m
CAST: Whitney Houston
DIRECTORS: Nick Broomfield
Rudi Dolezal
www.whitneyhoustonfilm.com
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