Teddy Pendergrass + Q&A

Subtitle: If You Don't Know Me By Now

Showing Times

Thu 21 Mar 18:30

Known as the black Elvis and the first African American to produce 5 platinum albums in a row, Theodore 'Teddy' Pendergrass was slated to become the biggest R&B artist of all time when Fate intervened.

Teddy started out with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes back in the early '70s.  In short order his silky smooth, distinctive baritone voice and magnetic presence put his stamp on the group, who produced such hits as “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love T.K.O,” and “Close the Door.” When he struck out as a solo artist Teddy was an instant success, becoming one of the most in-demand performers in the world until he suffered a tragic car accident which left him a paraplegic. For many that's the end of his story but Teddy lived on until 2010, continuing to record, and his story is an affirmation of the power of perseverance, courage, and triumph over adversity.  See this for the fabulous music, the insight and archive from family and friends, and enjoy the treat of tributes from industry legends including the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Then stay on to hear why Bafta-winning director Olivia Lichtenstein felt compelled to bring Teddy's story to the screen; Olivia will be doing live Q&As after the screening.


Film Information

106 mins

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