George Michael’s secret generosity as new documentary Freedom Uncut to air
A documentary about George Michael, 50% of legendary band Wham!, is set to be released a full six years after his death – but even after all that time, what people really remember is his generosity
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The late George Michael is set to narrate a documentary about himself.
George Michael Freedom Uncut is set to hit theaters this summer and will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the singer’s personal and professional life.
It was narrated and co-directed by George himself before his death in 2016.
The wham! The singer was deemed by the studio to be “heavily involved and committed” to the film’s production, which of course made it “an incredibly special posthumous release and a poignant and moving tribute to his legacy.”
David Austin, a friend of Michael’s who also co-directed, said this film was George’s “final work” and “narrated by George himself, it’s the complete story”.
A sequel to the 2017 film George Michael Freedom, the new documentary will feature interviews with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Liam Gallagher, James Corden and Mary J. Blige.
Models Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista all appeared in the video Freedom! 90, will also play a role.
When will George Michael Freedom Uncut be released?
George Michael Freedom Uncut will be released on June 22, three days before the music legend’s birthday.
Tom Mackay, President of Premium Content at Sony Music Entertainment, said, “George Michael was an inspiring artist whose story deserves to be shared on the big screen around the world.”
“In honor of George’s birthday this June, we are thrilled to be working with David Austin and our partners at Trafalgar Releasing to bring fans unprecedented access to his extraordinary life on and off the stage.”
George Michael’s generosity
Since his tragic death, George has been remembered frequently and fondly by friends and fans alike.
One thing that keeps coming up is his remarkable generosity, much of which he kept out of the spotlight.
After his death, it was announced that he had donated £100,000 to Help A London Child every Easter. The news was broken by Capital presenter Mick Brown, who hosted the show with Chris Tarrant.
In another example, he gave a stranger who needed IVF treatment £15,000 to help him get it.
The woman had appeared on Deal Or No Deal and talked about hoping to win to pay the medical bills.
George had been watching the show and reportedly called Channel 4 the next day to make the payment.
The woman had no idea who donated the money until Richard Osman tweeted it after George’s death.
In 2006 he performed a concert for nurses only at the Roundhouse in Camden. George, who lost his own mother in 1996, said: “Almost 10 years ago, in the last week of my mother’s life, I told my friends and family that if I ever played my own concerts again, I would make sure to do one to give free to NHS nurses.
“The nurses who helped my family back then were incredible people and I realized how underappreciated these amazing people are.”
Over the years he is also said to have worked undercover at a homeless shelter and bid £55,000 for a guitar at an auction at the music therapy center Nordoff Robbins, only to return it straight away to be auctioned again.
To top it off, Mary Ryan left work only to find her car had a flat tire. She told the Journal: “In the early 1990s I was working on Edgware Road, London, near Sony Studios.
“I came home from work and found my little 1974 Ford Fiesta had a flat tire.”
She remembered how George, who had just come from Sony, stopped in the rain to help her change.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t have the courage to ask him for an autograph.”
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