30.09. - 09.10.2021

Billie United Kingdom 2019 | 97 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour and B&W | FF 2020

James Erskine

JAMES ERSKINE works as a director, screenplay writer and producer and is known above all for his documentaries.

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[⏵] DOCUMENTARY Billie Holiday was one of the great voices of jazz. Billie presents hitherto unpublished recordings and shows the singer for the first time in colour. Billie Holiday’s voice was like a musical instrument and she used it decades before #blacklivesmatter to draw attention to the abuse of black Americans with her song »Strange Fruit«. An assertive woman, who was more than a tragic victim of drugs, men, her skin colour or the society in which she grew up. We see »Lady Day« for the first time in colour and hear the voices of contemporaries like Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn and Charles Mingus, who try to bring light in the darkness that surrounds Billie’s personality and her tragic end.

Original title: Billie
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English
Section: Transatlantic
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: James Erskine
Screenplay: James Erskine
Cast: Billie Holiday
Producer: Victoria Gregory, Barry Clark-Ewers
Director of Photography:
Music: Hans Mullens
Production Design:
Sound: Tom Wollaert
Costume design: Frédérique Leroy
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor: Prokino Filmverleih GmbH
World Sales:
Production: Altitude Film Entertainment; Concord New Black Films; Polygram Entertainment; Reliance Entertainment Productions 8
Contact: Ira von Gienanth, Prokino Filmverleih GmbH:


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