A special screening of the documentary about Whitney Houston’s life, tragically cut short by addiction, followed by a Q&A with Director Nick Broomfield.
Whitney: Can I Be Me portrays the extraordinary life and tragic death of one of the greatest singers of all time: Whitney Houston. Including never-seen-before footage, live recordings and insights from the people who were closest to her, the documentary explores the forces behind her addiction and untimely death at the age of just 48.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the acclaimed Director, Nick Broomfield, and people supporting musicians and families affected by addiction today.
Doors open at 13:45. Please note this film has a BBFC 15 rating and so under 15s will not be admitted.
Nick Broomfield is a British film-maker best known for his award-winning documentaries. His previous work includes Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, and The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife. His film Battle for Haditha dramatised the Haditha massacres in Iraq.
Matt Thomas has worked in the music industry for over 25 years - in major records labels, as a manager, travelling companion and mentor to vulnerable artists. Matt has struggled with his own addiction and mental health issues and in 2016, founded the charity Music Support with Andy Franks. Music Support is for musicians from all areas of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders, including alcohol and drug addiction. It offers a 24/7 telephone helpline, backstage Safe Tents at festivals, crisis management and training.
Paulina Romani Lopez is a PhD student at King’s College London and originally from Mexico. She is passionate about understanding the complexity of addiction and the role that family and society has on it. Her PhD project focuses on services supporting families that have been affected by parental substance use and by the passing of a loved one due to alcohol or drugs.
Angela Wereko-Anderson is a Science Gallery London Young Leader. She is a writer, marketing curator and producer and works collaboratively with cultural institutions to develop their ideas and knowledge about art, culture and creativity.
Image credit: © Rudi Dolezal