Official Selection - Out of Competition

Let the Canary Sing

Alison Ellwood
Artistic Collaborations Festival Pops LGBTQIA+ 2023 96 min United States, United Kingdom
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The true colours of Cyndi Lauper.

Alongside lively archival footage and interviews, this portrait traces the meteoric rise of Cyndi Lauper. It highlights the profound impact this unique artist has had on several generations through her music, her ever-evolving punk style, her unwavering feminism and her activism. Using never-before-seen footage and interviews (with Boy George, Patti LaBelle and Cindy Lauper herself), documentary filmmaker Alison Ellwood succeeds in following the Lauper phenomenon through its greatness and its moments of doubt. Featuring some of the American artist’s best-known songs, the film tells of the singer’s inspirations, as well as her activism in support of women’s rights and LGBTQI+ people.

A tender and furiously energetic portrait.


Accessible from 16 years and over


  • Alison Ellwood


  • Michelle McCabe


  • Stephen Barden


  • Gary Welch


Saturday 09 March 2024 20:15
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : English
Subtitles :
Screening : Public Screening


Alison Ellwood

Alison Ellwood
Alison Ellwood

Alison Ellwood is an award-winning documentary director, producer and editor. Most recently, she directed Laurel Canyon (2020), a two-part documentary nominated for an Emmy Award, which tells the intimate story of the artists who sparked a musical revolution. The documentary The Go-Go’s (2020) won Best Music Film at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Alison has made numerous other documentaries and series.


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