ELLA: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS

By Leslie WOODHEAD

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT - as PROD

Biography - Completed 2018

The story of Ella Fitzgerald's life and connections with the story of her times, tracing the ways in which those stories influenced her music, and how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Biography, Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Leslie WOODHEAD
    • Producer(s)
    • Reggie NADELSON
    • Synopsis
    • From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo theatre in Harlem, the film follows her extraordinary journey across 5 decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of her times in her music and her life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film will use
      images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella Fitzgeraldʼs unique career.

      The film features interviews with amongst others Andre Previn, Cleo Laine, Izsak Perlman, Jamie Cullum, Jim Blackman, Johnny Mathis, Norma Miller, Margaret Nutt, Margo Jefferson, Max Bennett, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Ray Brown Jr, Richard and Rossman, Smokey Robinson, Tad Hershorn, Tony Bennett, and Will Friedwald.

      It will reveal an Ella the world never knew - thoughtful, tough, funny, a bold musical innovator engaged in the issues of her times and committed to struggles for civil rights. But we will also explore the conflicts that haunted her to the end: the passion for
      singing, the hunger for adoring audiences that drove her on a programme of endless touring with her beloved musicians – pitched in an unresolvable struggle with her longing for a settled relationship and a domestic life with her adopted son. It was a struggle that left her, as her favourite pianist Oscar Peterson said “the loneliest woman in the world”