A gripping documentary on the all-too-short life of powerhouse performer Whitney Houston from UK documentarian Nick Broomfield and music video director Rudi Dolezal.
Broomfield (Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam, SFF 1996; Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, SFF 1993) and Dolezal bring us never-before-seen backstage footage from the height of Houston's career. Touching, intimate interviews with the star, friends and colleagues (including her real-life bodyguard), round out this impressive recounting of a life so promising, and ultimately so tragic. The film doesn't evade her drug taking, troubled marriage or rumours of her bisexuality, nor does it ignore her undeniable talent (including several music clips). The title aptly illustrates the film's resonant core: that of a remarkable talent from the 'hood, struggling to keep her identity in a world of compromises and demands.