Whitney Houston documentary gets release date and promises never-before-seen performances

Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald is directing 'Whitney'

Whitney, the documentary about the life and career of Whitney Houston is set to be released this summer – and features never-before-seen performances.

Previously, it was reported that Scottish director Kevin Macdonald would be taking on the project. It will be the first feature film about the singer that is approved by Houston’s estate. 

Now, it’s been announced by Roadside Attractions and Miramax that the documentary will be released on July 6. Altitude Film Entertainment will release the film in the UK and Ireland on the same date. 

Whitney is described as the “intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career”. It also promises “previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and acapellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits.”

Kevin MacDonald says in a statement: “I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully?

“I was lucky enough to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest,” he continues. “They entrusted me with the ‘keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went. At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.” 

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.

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.

Whitney Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48.