Eagle Rock, Mercury Songs and the same team behind ‘Queen: Days Of Our Lives’ have joined together to create another exciting documentary called ‘The Great Pretender’. It includes a compelling insight into its subject matter with rare and unseen footage, a delight to any queen fan and more.
It’s directed by Rhys Thomas, a well-known fan and expert who famously broke the Mastermind points score record with his specialist subject being on Queen. In this documentary he looks at Freddie archives that date back to 1976, revealing un-released vintage footage and extras that have never been seen before. Most of the footage is drawn from interviews, video shoots, concerts and personal material – a lot of it being viewed for the first time.
To any Queen fan, this is quite exciting! You’ll be able to see the un-released demo of ‘Take Another Piece of My Heart’ sang by Freddie and Rod Stewart as a duet, as well as footage of Michael Jackson and Freddie collaborating on the track ‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’.
Amongst the many finds, Rhys came across footage of Freddie’s 39th Black and White Birthday party in Mrs. Henderson’s night club in Munich in 1985. It was originally filmed for the video of ‘Living On My Own’ but it got banned by the record company due to the theme of cross dressing.
We are also shown outtakes for a number of his records such as ‘I Want To Break Free’ and ‘Great Pretender’.
To coincide with the documentary, ‘Barcelona: Special Edition’ is a re-recorded album by Freddie and Montserrat’s which will include a full 80 piece orchestra with a feature on creating the new album. Also, there will be a book titled ‘The Great Pretender’.
‘The Great Pretender’ will also be available on DVD and Blu-Ray and will include extra bonus footage such as ‘Freddie Mercury Goes Solo’ which isn’t included in the TV version.
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender airs on BBC 1 at 10:35 on Tuesday 16th October.