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Amazing Grace

US, 2018, 87mins, Cert.U
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Film description

In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become one of the biggest albums of Aretha Franklin’s career and one of her most beloved works.

But even as the album gained fans around the world, few realised that those inspirational sessions had not only been recorded, they had been filmed by a camera crew led by Oscar winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Pollack and his team spent two nights capturing Franklin at the height of her powers, as she thrilled a shouting and dancing audience that included Franklin’s father, Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers and Mick Jagger. But due to technical problems the film has never been seen. Until now.

Amazing Grace is an extraordinary look at a key moment in American musical and social history, and an invaluable record of one of America’s greatest artists doing what she did best.

This special one-off screening, on 25th March at the Brudenell Social Club, is being held on what would have been Aretha's 78th birthday.


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Brudenell Social Club

Venue details


33 Queen's Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY, UK
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Access info

The Brudenell Social Club has step free access from the main entrance, with a wheelchair viewing platform located within the screening room. There is also a newly installed accessible toilet, which is accessed via a RADAR key.

Refreshment info

The Brudenell Social Club is a legendary venue with a beer selection to match, brimming with locally brewed pints and a great choice of spirits and wines. A range of snacks are available behind the bar including chocolates, crisps and nuts, as well as hot Pieminister pies.


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