Tina Turner Bids Farewell to Her Fans With New Documentary

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, US singer Tina Turner performs in a concert in Cologne, Germany. Production company Stage Entertainment says it is developing a show based on Turner’s story written by Katori Hall, playwright behind civil rights-era drama “The Mountaintop.” On Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 Turner attended a workshop in London for the show, which has been in the works for a year. The 77-year-old entertainer said in a statement that “it has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling.” (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz, file)

Music legend Tina Turner is the subject of one of the most successful biopics ever made but a new documentary sees her confront her demons in her own voice.

“Tina” by Oscar-winning directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin premiered Tuesday at the Berlin film festival. It traces Turner’s six-decade career as an unlikely triumph over abuse and discrimination.

Paired with a musical about her that had its Broadway premiere in 2019 until the pandemic shut it down, the film is billed as the 81-year-old Turner’s farewell to her fans while introducing her to a “new generation”.

The documentary includes emotional interviews with the singer in which she recounts her childhood of grinding poverty picking cotton in the Tennessee fields, her performing debut with violent husband Ike Turner and her lonely years even as the world’s top female rock star.

Friends weigh in including Oprah Winfrey, “I, Tina” biographer Kurt Loder and Angela Bassett, who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Turner in the 1993 blockbuster “What’s Love Got to Do with It”.

Turner was famously critical of the movie, refusing to watch it for several years and rejecting her depiction as a “victim” in it.

– ‘Pack places like the Stones’ –

In the documentary, she explains that the reason she decided to come forward in the 1980s about her years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse by Ike was that even after the split, interviewers insisted on asking her about their partnership.

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SOURCE: AFP, Deborah Cole

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