Tina, a feature documentary that will air on HBO, will look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner in a revealing and personal way. As announced in a press release from the cable network, it will document her unlikely rise to fame, personal and professional challenges throughout her life, and her return as a global celebrity in the 1980s.
This account of Tina’s life will include, as well as those closest to her, interviews with Tina at her home in Zurich, Switzerland.
A wealth of never-before-seen video, audiotapes, and personal images will also be included in the documentary.
There will be front and center archival footage that stretches over 60 years. Interviews with some of those closest to the singer will also be included in the documentary. These include the actress Angela Bassett, who played Tina in What’s Love Got To Do With It in the feature film.
I, Tina, the book that inspired the feature film, Kurt Loder, and playwright Katori Hall, who penned Tina- The Tina Turner Musical, will share their experience with Oprah Winfrey, journalist and co-author. Erwin Bach, Tina’s husband and former record executive, will talk about how Tina affected his life.
Alongside her 16-year-old husband, Ike Turner, Tina climbed the music charts. With the hit songs “A Fool in Love,” “River Deep – Mountain High,” and “Proud Mary.” they created musical magic together.
Behind-the-scenes, for Tina, life with Ike was devastating. In I, Tina, she remembered the years of Ike’s violence and suffering. By running away from Ike to a hotel across a highway from where the duo lived, she fled. Bloodied after her husband beat her, she had no cash and pleaded for support from the manager. As she cleaned herself up and arranged her next move, he let her stay for free.
The documentary will address how Tina embarked on a comeback, working to make money in Las Vegas cabaret clubs.
“It wasn’t until the early 1980s that with the album “Private Dancer and the hit single “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” Tina’s star grew again. She would later perform at Live Aid with Mick Jagger and win several Grammy awards for her solo album.
Tina helps the singer to acknowledge her status as a beloved and valued domestic violence survivor.
When she saw her life being acted out on the Broadway stage in Tina: The Musical, the documentary will flash forward to Tina. In November 2019, the display was inaugurated. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, performances are currently on hold.
Tina told Rolling Stone that she gave the actress who played her on stage, Adrienne Warren, sound advice. “She said, “Tina, you’re not. Don’t try to copy me. And you have to be yourself a little bit.’ In the way she sang, walked, and related to the crowd, Tina urged the actress to capture her essence.
The documentary is set to debut on HBO on Saturday, March 25. The event will be available for streaming on HBO Max as well.