Whitney Houston documentary in the works, will be “unvarnished and authentic” story of singer’s life

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald is taking on the project

The life of Whitney Houston is to be documented in a new film by British Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald.

It will be the first feature film about the singer, who died at the age of 48 in 2012, that is approved by Houston’s estate.

Macdonald said he wanted “audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music.” But he added that the doc “won’t shy away from the darker parts of Whitney’s life – her descent into addiction”.


The film will chart the rise of Houston’s life from a gospel singer to an international star. It will include interviews with friends, family and collaborators, among them Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited with discovering the singer.

The filmmakers have also been granted access to exclusive demo recordings, rare performances and an archive of recordings.


“I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget,” said Macdonald.

“She changed the way pop music was sung – bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots.”

Macdonald won an Academy award for his 1999 documentary One Day in September, about the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He went on to win a Bafta award for his next film, Touching the Void.

Houston is one of the most celebrated singer’s of all time, with hits like ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘Saving All My Love For You’. Her later career was overshadowed by drug abuse and her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown.