By James Erskine


Bil­lie Hol­i­day, one of the great­est voic­es of all time, was a black woman in a white man’s world, a vic­tim, and a rebel whose infa­mous “Strange Fruit”, the first protest song, earned her pow­er­ful ene­mies. In the late 1960’s jour­nal­ist Lin­da Lip­nack Kuehl set out to write the defin­i­tive biog­ra­phy of the artist. She tape-record­ed over 200 hours of inter­views, with tes­ti­monies from Charles Min­gus, Tony Ben­nett, Count Basie, her lovers, lawyers, pimps and even the FBI agents who arrest­ed her. But Linda’s book was nev­er fin­ished, and the tapes nev­er heard… until now.

By : James Erskine
Duration : 1h37
With : Billie Holiday
Type : Documentary
Nationality : USA

Direc­tor : James Erskine
Pro­duc­tion : Vic­to­ria Gre­go­ry, Bar­ry Clark-Ewers & James Erskine
Script : James Erskine
Cin­e­matog­ra­phy : Tim Cragg
Edit­ing : Avd­hesh Mohla
Dis­tri­b­u­tion : L’atelier d’images, +33 1 84 19 60 62,,

In Eng­lish with French subtitles

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  • (Original Caption) American jazz singer Billie Holliday performing on stage. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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