It's definitely happening!
The long-delayed documentary film about MIA will have its world premiere at next year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Titled MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., the film has been directed by Stephen Loveridge. Sundance’s synopsis for the doc teases: “Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.”
The documentary film has actually been in the work for several years. Loveridge leaked a trailer for the film which featured appearances from Kanye West and Diplo in July 2013, saying he’d “rather die” than complete it.
That November, he backtracked and said the documentary was back on. “The documentary is definitely happening. I’m holed up a room in Tottenham Court Road cutting it. I didn’t fall out with Maya. She’s often a very complicated person to work with and a hard taskmaster, and we do fall out now and again, but on the documentary she’s been good as gold,” he told NME.
MIA herself gave an update on the project in March of this year, telling FACT: “I don’t know what’s happening with my doc. I haven’t talked to Steve for years. I did speak to him a few months ago but I think the documentary about me might take another 10 years.”
MIA curated last year’s Meltdown Festival in London, but was unable to persuade her old friend Justine Frischmann to reform Elastica for the occasion.
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the world’s largest independent film festival, will run from 18-28 January at various locations in Park City, Utah.