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Richard Wayne Penniman, known to the world as Little Richard, was without a doubt one of the godfathers of rock 'n’ roll, blazing a flamboyant trail for Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, David Bowie and everyone in-between.
Director Lisa Cortés uses a wealth of archival footage to bring to life the Black, Queer origins of rock 'n’ roll, demolishing the dominant white-washed narrative; interviewees include family, friends, musical collaborators and musicians and artists influenced by his work and image.
The result is a multi-layered film, exploring and embracing Little Richard’s complicated inner world with all the twists and contradictions.
Director: Lisa Cortés
98 mins | USA | 2023 | 15