Originally aired on December the 25th 2022. documentary about the inspirational story of Tina Turner’s 50 year relationship with the UK. It tells the story in her own words, using previously unheard interviews from the I, Tina sessions. It features also interviews with musicians like Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory from electronic group Heaven 17, PP Arnold, Arlene Phillips and Skin as well as with fans who shared her journey. From her first visit alongside Ike Turner, supporting the Rolling Stones in 1966, to her legendary 1983 career-changing appearance on The Tube with Heaven 17, Tina has always had a soft spot for the UK. It’s important to note that this documentary also unearthed some remarkable performance footage.
Director Dhivya Kate Chet: “we worked with various partners to get hold of previously unheard interviews. It was important to have Tina’s voice throughout so that [we have] her first-person testimony on some of the challenging things that she’s talking about. That also brings an intimacy to the documentary.”
This documentary doesn’t shy away from the difficulties Turner experienced during her abusive marriage to Ike Turner (her musical partner between 1960 and 1976), or the widespread prejudice she faced in the music industry of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
“It felt like an important part of the story that had to be present in the film,” says Chetty. “The challenges that she faced as a woman of color and how she negotiated all that is really quite astonishing. The ageism, the misogyny, the sexism, the racism… I’m really hoping that the documentary has a sense of the journey she’s gone on and that you’re rooting for her, having overcome all those hurdles. Her great life reinvention, her so-called comeback, is all the more joyous because of everything that she had to do to get there.”
Also featured are the likes of P.P. Arnold., a former member of The Ikettes, the backing singers/dancers to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue show that was a huge hit in the 1960s; Arlene Phillips, who did the choreography for the “Private Dancer” video; and Skin from rock band Skunk Anansie, who acknowledges the influence Turner had on her as a Black woman singing rock music.
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