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Documentary on Freddie Mercury to feature Queen members

A documentary on the legendary British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the rock band Queen, is all set to be broadcasted , featuring interviews with the band members. 30

A documentary on the legendary British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the rock band Queen, is all set to be broadcasted , featuring interviews with the band members.
30 years after Mercury died in November 1991 from complications of AIDS, the 90-minute documentary will tell the story of the final chapter of the Queen singer’s life, as well as the journey leading up to the epic tribute concert at Wembley Stadium that followed in April 1992.
The documentary features new interviews with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Mercury’s sister Kashmira Bulsara, his friends Anita Dobson and David Wigg and his PA, Peter Freestone.
Those who performed at the gig, including Gary Cherone, Roger Daltrey, Joe Elliott, Lisa Stansfield, and Paul Young, as well as the concert’s promoter, Harvey Goldsmith, are also interviewed, as are those who saw the impact of HIV/AIDS first hand, either as medical practitioners, survivors, or human rights campaigners, including Peter Tatchell.

In the aftermath of Mercury’s death, his bandmates May and Taylor, along with Queen’s manager Jim Beach had approached a range of popular musicians including Elton John, David Bowie and Annie Lennox and decided to commemorate their friend’s life with what would become one of the biggest concerts in history. It was attended by over 70,000 people, with over a billion viewers on television.
‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’ has been produced by Rogan Productions, directed by James Rogan and produced by Dan Hall, with Mark Hedgecoe, Soleta Rogan and Simon Lupton serving as executive producers.
Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning, BBC Music TV said: “James Rogan’s film ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act,’ is a poignant story of one of music’s most popular and talented musicians, and the legacy he left.”
“Not only does it shine new light on Freddie Mercury’s brave journey through those final five years of his life, it also tells a wider, and hugely important, story of the emergence of AIDS at the time and how the incredible tribute concert after his death, helped to change for the better public opinion about the crisis. The artists of Queen and others, who were there, speak candidly for the first time,” continued Jan.
As per Variety, to accompany ‘Freddie: The Final Act’, BBC Two will also show ‘Queen at the BBC’, a one-hour special, featuring some of the greatest musical moments from Mercury, May, Taylor and John Deacon that have been shown on the BBC over the years, in November.

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First Published: 29th October, 2021 8:03 IST

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