Hitsville: The Making of Motown - what is the new documentary and when can I see it?

24 September 2019, 15:55

Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy
Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy. Picture: Motown/Showtime

By Tom Eames

Motown is one of the most iconic record labels of all time. The name alone evokes an air of class and respect.

But how did it all come about and who were the people involved?

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A new documentary will explain just that, as creator Berry Gordy - who only this week announced his retirement at the age of 89 - is joined by the likes of Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder to look at back at the hit factory.

Here is all the important information you need about the film:

  1. What is the Hitsville documentary?

    Hitsville: The Making of Motown is a film looking back at the history of Motown Records, and how Berry Gordy turned the independent label from Detroit into a worldwide success.

    It features exclusive interviews with the label’s founder, Berry Gordy, as well as many of its iconic artists.

    It also includes rare performances and behind-the-scenes footage taken from Motown’s secret vaults.

    The film was directed by British filmmakers Benjamin and Gabe Turner, the team behind The Class of 92 and I Am Bolt.

  2. Who appears in the film?

    The movie features new interviews from:

    Berry Gordy
    Smokey Robinson
    Stevie Wonder
    Mary Wilson
    Martha Reeves
    The Jacksons
    Neil Young
    Sam Smith
    John Legend
    Jamie Foxx

    It also has archive interviews with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield and Diana Ross.

  3. When is the film released?

    The documentary has already aired on Showtime in the US, but it will be shown at UK cinemas for one night only on Monday, September 30.