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WIN A COPY OF AMAZING GRACE ON BLU-RAY

AMAZING GRACE exposes never-before-seen footage taken during the intimate recording of Aretha Franklin’s iconic album. This spellbinding performance can now be relished at home, when AMAZING GRACE releases on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD 2nd September (available to pre-order now). 

To celebrate the release, we are giving away 2 x Blu-ray copies! 

In 1972, 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 the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Watts to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time, the biggest album 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, Reverend C.L. Franklin, gospel legends Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, and the members of The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. But due to technical problems, and conflicts over rights, their film has never been seen. Until now.

No one who loves music will want to miss this thrilling film, which is both a revealing 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.

For your chance to win, simply watch the trailer below and answer the following question.

In which year did Aretha Franklin record the album Amazing Grace:

A) 1967

B) 1972

C) 1981


AMAZING GRACE IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, BLU-RAY™ & DVD 2ND SEPTEMBER 2019

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Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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