Event Information

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. 

MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.

Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here. /// Fancy a meal or drinks when visiting us for an event or a trip to the park? Our KILN Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, light bites and a light evening menu, see information here. /// Please read our current Visitor Guidelines before booking your event.