A star-studded cast featuring the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. Louis Armstrong, Cicely Tyson and a then unknown Morgan Freeman bring to life this newly restored classic film, A Man Called Adam.
Following its brand-new restoration, A Man Called Adam, will be screened at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Sure to be loved by a whole new generation of film fans for the distinction of being Lola Falana’s acting debut and starring the late, great Cicely Tyson, who passed away earlier this year in January, A Man Called Adam, is a musical drama which tackles racism in 1960s America. It gives a fascinating and important example of Black film history and an evocative celebration of the 60s jazz era.
The film tells the story of a talented jazz musician Adam (Sammy Davis Jr.) who appears to have it all, but an inner anger and a tormented past threaten to destroy his career. When he meets jazz legend Willie Ferguson (Louis Armstrong) and falls in love with his granddaughter (Cicely Tyson), a straight-talking civil rights activist, Adam begins to question his lifestyle, and resolves to tame his drinking and wild behaviour. But despite his new-found love, Adam is haunted by the shadows of his past. Can he escape his demons, before they destroy him entirely?
Directed by Leo Penn and produced by Ike Jones (the first African American to produce a Hollywood film) A Man Called Adam features a largely all-Black cast led by Sammy Davis Jr. with Louis Armstrong, Cicely Tyson and Ossie Davis with Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Peter Lawford. Now recognised as the ‘voice of God’, the film also features a young Morgan Freeman as an uncredited extra.
The classic film has now been fully restored and features a dazzling score including Louis Armstrong performing “Back O’ Town Blues”, Mel Tormé performing “All That Jazz”, and Sammy Davis Jr. performing “Whisper to One”.
Catch the screening of A Man Called Adam at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (18 – 25 Aug) and the Cinema Rediscovered Festival (28 July – 1 Aug) at Bristol’s Watershed.
In recognition of International Women’s History Month (March), Sky has curated a range of programming to celebrate female talent and to highlight some of the most iconic personalities, past and present.
From inspirational female figures that have broken gender barriers and left their mark on history, to the incredible female talent, writing, producing, starring and directing stories on our screens. Here are just some of the powerful productions both from women and about women available in March on Sky and NOW TV.
First Ladies profiles the former women of The White House – Michelle Obama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Episode one focuses on former First Lady, Michelle Obama, the first African American first lady after her husband, Barack Obama, was elected as the first African American President of the United States.
Michelle and Barack were elected on a wave of euphoria, but not everyone shared in the enthusiasm of the moment and they endured vicious attacks. Blending in-depth interviews, rare archival footage and cinematic recreations, the series gives a bold revision of each woman’s traditional portrayal, revealing how they were impacted during their time in power and how their achievements fundamentally shaped American and global history.
Available from 8 March on Sky Documentaries
How it Feels to be Free
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Yoruba Richen, How It Feels To Be Free takes an unprecedented look at the intersection of African American women artists, politics, and entertainment.
The film tells the story of six trailblazing performers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier – who used their ground-breaking careers as platforms to advocate for change and reshape the representation of Black women on stage and screen.
The series includes archival footage of the six women, showing how they changed American culture through their films, fashion, their music and their politics. Featuring in the series are appearances from contemporary scholars and entertainers, including Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Yolonda Ross, Samuel and Latanya Jackson.
Available from 8 March on Sky Arts
Confirmation is a 2016 American television political thriller film, directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Susannah Grant.
The film tells the real-life circumstances around the case that ultimately drove political and institutional reform and increased support for victims of workplace harassment. Kerry Washington stars as Anita Hill, who in 1991 accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. The ensuing media frenzy brought the country to a standstill.
Available now Sky Atlantic
2 Dope Queens (Season 1 & 2)
Launched in 2016, 2 Dope Queens is a storytelling podcast featuring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, along with their friends and favourite comedians, talking about sex, romance, race, hair journeys and living in New York. Famous guests include former First Lady Michelle Obama. The ladies now bring their hilarity and laugh-out-loud chat to the screen in a series of special episodes.
All episodes available now Sky Comedy
Black Lady Sketch Show
This narrative series is set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters.
Touching on culturally relevant themes as social norms, anxiety, religion, sex, dating and relationships, each episode consists of five to six sketches and features guest stars such as Angela Bassett, Laverne Cox, Tia Mowry, Loretta Devine, Kelly Rowland and David Alan Grier.
All episodes returning from 23 March on Sky Comedy
With more than 200 million record sales worldwide, 12 Grammy Awards and the holder of the Guinness World Record for selling more concert tickets than any solo performer in history, Tina Turner’s road to global superstardom is an undeniable story of triumph over adversity.
The story of the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll is highly anticipated as her journey of overcoming extreme adversity to define her career, her identity and her legacy on her own terms, is well known among her fans.