Teddy Pendergrass the documentary will premiere in the UK at the BFI, London on 19th February, before a national release at selected UK cinemas on 21st February.
Film director Olivia Lichtenstein will host a Q&A session directly after the BFI screening alongside Teddy’s former drummer, James Carter and his keyboard player, Cecil Du Valle.
A compelling tale with surprising twists, the film is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest singers of his generation. It tells how Teddy also fought for the rights of African-American artists in a 1970’s music industry prejudiced against black performers and reveals how, following a near-fatal car crash at the age of just 31, he eventually returned to the stage at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia 1985.
The 106-minute documentary includes magical and rarely seen original footage from Teddy’s live shows plus intimate, candid interviews with co-performers, friends and family. The cast list includes his widow Joan, ex-wife Karen and his 100 year old mother Ida, who all co-operated fully with the production.
Following the films premiere, cinema and DVD release via Moviehouse Entertainment, the film will air in the UK on Sky Arts and the BBC – more news on that to come.