November 6, 2013 9:26

Work begins on stalled MIA documentary, say reports

Steve Loveridge's much-delayed project stars Kanye West and Julian Assange

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Work has reportedly begun on the much-delayed MIA documentary.

The film uses hundreds of hours of exclusive, unseen candid footage shot by MIA and her closest friends. It will be the feature-length debut of Steve Loveridge, who has been a collaborator of the musician since they met at St Martins art college in London.

Shooting has begun in London on the film, with the backing of UK based non-profit documentary support organisation BRITDOC, which will co-produce the project, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Earlier this year, Loveridge appeared to quit the project after leaking a trailer for the film online, which features Kanye West, Diplo and Julian Assange – watch it below.

Writing on his Tumblr, he urged MIA's label Interscope to "wake up" after posting an email he received from a representative demanding the trailer be removed from YouTube.

"I know how frustrated you must be with the [film]," an Interscope employee wrote, "but I promise we've been having ongoing conversations internally, trying to get legal stuff and funding resolved, it is going to move forward and get done in time for this album cycle and festivals." Loveridge's response was blunt. "I really couldn't give a flying fuck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this."

MIA also began discussing the film on her Twitter, mentioning that Kickstarter could be a viable means to getting a release for the documentary. "I'm gonna need @kickstarter and my fans to help make this exist, I've been blacklisted through normal channels!"

MIA released her fourth studio album 'Matangi' this week (November 1). It follows the release of 'Maya' in 2010. A one-off single, 'Bad Girls', was released in 2012.

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