Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy in an emotional documentary
- Published on Friday, 15 March 2019 14:40
- Last Updated on 15 March 2019
- Monica Costa
CinEvents will release an emotional documentary, Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy, in cinemas for one night only, on 26th March 2019 to mark Ross’ 75th birthday.
The film shows her historic 1983 Central Park concert, where nearly 1.2 million people united on the Great Lawn only for the concert to be hit by a huge storm! With the concert having to come to a halt, Ross’ returned the next day to delight fans and finish the concert. Alongside this there is new never before seen footage.
Cinema Exclusive Diana Ross: Live in Central Park was originally directed by the award-winning Steve Binder, who along with Diana has put together a presentation that will feature never-before-seen footage, the best of the Central Park concert and inspired, heartfelt messages from the Ross family, including sons Ross and Evan and daughters Rhonda and Chudney, with Tracee Ellis Ross delivering a passionate introduction to the presentation capturing the magnitude of the event. Highlighting the superstar status of Diana, together with archive footage it celebrates her three decade legacy and what made this unexpected turn of events and concert so iconic. Diana Ross: Her Life, Love, and Legacy is executive produced by Ms. Ross and produced by music and media producer Spencer Proffer of Meteor 17.
This unique documentary gives justice to one of the greatest entertainers of all time while she marks her 75th birthday which is quite a milestone in history.
The magic of Diana Ross has touched millions of hearts around the world throughout her career spanning seven decades – she started performing at the age of 2. Her magnificent life and unparalleled career have influenced music, film, fashion and stage with her spirit forever woven in the fabric of humanity. 2019 will be remembered as a milestone in history with a year-long Diamond Diana Celebration.
The documentary includes the original recording of the famous gig filmed over the course of two days in 1983, when almost 1 million people united on the Great Lawn of Central Park to experience a once-in-a-lifetime live moment that defined a generation.
When a freak storm hit, despite Ross’s best efforts to take on Mother Nature and continue, the concert had to be cancelled. She announced to the crowd she would return the following day to perform again and they all returned. The concert seen around the world showcased the trailblazing entertainer of young and old, bringing together all ethnicities and nationalities to experience the voice and heart of Diana Ross.
Throughout this experience, she showed how graceful and joyful she was despite the misadventure of that terrifying experience. Diana Ross shed buckets of tears of joy during those gigs in Central Park. She was charged with emotions. You can tell that she is a very giving woman filled with emotional intelligence. Her huge smile is irresistible and her beauty comes from within. In the documentary her grown up beautiful daughters recall that day and their own memories of living with such a graceful Goddess.
I laughed and cried throughout the screening which is a pretty good indicator that the documentary is powerful and memorable. The music brought back lots of great memories of the first part of my teenage years when I started to be interested in disco music and used to sing Upside Down out loud everywhere I went.
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The footage of the gig and the people also brought back memories of the silly 80s fashion: poor and kitsch scenography (loose sails hanging from precarious lighting), shoulder pads, over-the-top outfits, leg warmers and fluorescent onesies.
Somehow you wonder whether in the 80s there was any health and safety at all. It was certainly more relaxed than now. Diana Ross was left alone on the stage singing in the storm and also almost fell off the wobbly stage at some point. People were left in murky waters literally dancing away under stormy and hot conditions while the ‘Blue men’ (the police force) and the security forces in the audience were in good spirit and paying less attention to potential hazards.
Despite all the craziness we all loved the 80s and I regard myself lucky to have experienced those years as a teenager. Whether you lived in the 80s or not, this documentary is historical, emotional and educational at the same time. It is a must-watch for everyone. It’s in cinemas for one-night only so don’t miss it.
London Mums’ rating: 10/10
Tickets are now on sale for cinemas in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums