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Screening to complement The Influence Project, a photography exhibition celebrating the impact of leading black musicians on contemporary sound and culture, this comprehensive documentary from Oscar winning director Alex Gibney features rare footage, interviews and photographs chronicling the ascension of the Godfather of Soul. 

The screening will be followed by a live onstage conversation between Birmingham saxophonist Soweto Kinch and funk legend Pee Wee Ellis, who was Brown’s former bandleader, chatting about how Ellis co-authored the first funk track and how his music became an anthem for a generation living in segregated America. 

Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. We listen to our audiences to ensure you get the cinema experience you want. Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can find more information about our cinema refreshments policy here. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.