ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS

ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS

2020 (USA) 89 minutes
Directed by: Leslie Woodhead

Ella Fitzgerald was a teenager living on the streets of Harlem when she won a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatre. Within months of her appearance, she was the star attraction of ‘Chick Webb and His Orchestra’. ELLA: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS illustrates her sublime transformation across six decades, reconstructing the stale stock narrative into a well-rounded examination of her mixed fortunes. A resolute survivor with an adventurous bandleader’s instincts, versatile Ella evolved with the music and demonstrated an impressive mastery of swing, bebop, scat, and jazz. Rare media details the shifting socioeconomic conflicts that haunted a woman moving in relatively progressive circles, forced to navigate the confusing intersection of celebrity, racism, and gender-charged industry politics.

Featuring interviews with Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

Watch the trailer.