The United States vs. Billie Holiday PREVIEW WITH LIVE JAZZ   130 mins

4104 The United States vs. Billie Holiday PREVIEW WITH LIVE JAZZ
Screening: Fri 16 Apr

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Friday, 16 April
6:45PM 
Join us at 6pm for a steamy jazz scene setting for an advance screening of this no-holds-barred Billie Holiday biopic with live music from THE HOLLI SCOTT TRIO and $10 NYC-themed cocktails (New York Sour and the New York Cocktail) from the in-cinema pop-up bar before the film starts at 6:45pm.

ABOUT THE FILM
The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialise the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, Strange Fruit.

Led by Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious) and introducing Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated and irrepressible life. Screenplay writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement.

Academy Award nomination - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Andra Day).

LIVE MUSIC
Holli Scott is an established vocalist and composer in the Australian music scene. Her sound is rich, soulful and dark, heavily rooted in jazz music, and draws inspiration from artists such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Cassandra Wilson. WAAPA alumni, Scott appears on several local and international recordings and was selected as a finalist in the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship. 

Since the release of her debut album Dust in 2019, she has received a number of award nominations, including those for WAM Awards’ Song of the Year, Best Jazz Act’, and Best Vocalist, and was a finalist in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest (USA) in 2021. Accompanied by Perth’s finest musicians, Scott never fails to bring a captivating presence to the stage. 

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