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Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me

(Rated Unclassified 15+)

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Overview

The untold and inspiring story of legendary Philly Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass. As the mighty voice behind some of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ best tunes, Pendergrass stirred the hearts and souls of a generation, later also stirring their loins and libidos with a solo career that threatened the chart-topping reigns of everyone from Marvin Gaye and Barry White to Stevie Wonder. Poised to be the biggest R&B artist of all time, his trajectory abruptly changed when tragedy struck. To fans, he will forever be remembered as the voice of future disco-smash Don’t Leave Me This Way, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Love T.K.O, Wake Up Everybody, Close the Door and many other tunes.

Why You Should See This Film

Offering eye-opening insights into Philadelphia and the Mafia-like powers that once controlled the city, this is not just the story of Teddy Pendergrass’s music career. Using recently unearthed voiceovers from the long-past singer himself, Teddy tells the story of his tumultuous life alongside interviews with industry legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, family, friends and colleagues. With rarely-seen archive footage and a powerfully soulful soundtrack, this insightful and moving documentary captures Teddy’s rise to fame against the complex backdrop of 1960s America and his victorious comeback after a life-changing accident. After its World Premiere in his hometown Philadelphia (where it won an Audience Award) and screenings at New York's Doc NYC Film Festival, Sound Unseen, London, Melbourne and other cities earlier in 2019, Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me finally makes it to Sydney for these exclusive Golden Age screenings.

Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for these special event sessions. All tickets are $24 adult & $19 concession.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: Unclassified 15+
  • Director: Olivia Lichtenstein
  • Duration: 106 minutes
  • Language: English
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