MUSIC is about the magic that can happen when someone who cannot speak with words finds people who can listen with their hearts. The musical feature film, directed by nine-time Grammy nominee Sia, will release as a cinema premiere on Dstv Box Office on Friday 12 February 2021.
The film stars Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, You, Me and Dupree, Bride Wars, Fool’s Gold), Grammy Award-winning and Emmy nominated multifaceted performer Leslie Odom Jr (Hamilton, Central Park, Rent, Harriet, Love in the time of Corona, Murder on the Orient Express) and Dance Prodigy Maddie Ziegler who has featured in eight of Sia’s music videos, joined her on tour and performed on several prime-time broadcasts including Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Tonight Show. Nine-time Grammy nominee Sia wrote, produced and directed the film.
The story begins when Zu (Kate Hudson), estranged from her family and a lifelong self-saboteur, finds herself the sole guardian of Music (Maddie Ziegler), her teenage half-sister, after the death of their grandmother. Music is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, and her grandmother has lovingly created a schedule and daily routine to support her with the help of some neighborhood friends.
Not having had her grandmother’s experience of loving and caring for Music, Zu instantly struggles with her new responsibility as caretaker. Their less than peaceful first breakfast together is overheard by their neighbor Ebo (Odom), a kind and gentle soul who surprises Zu by demonstrating not only his compassion, but his keen understanding of Music. His own, slowly revealed life story, makes him someone Zu can depend on and learn from as well.
MUSIC combines a heartfelt tale about the power of love with musical sequences that propel and amplify the story, giving the audience a vivid window into the characters’ inner lives. Additionally, the film features ten musical numbers built around original Sia compositions written expressly for the film and performed by its remarkable cast.
“Deeply felt, MUSIC is a bold and compelling reinvention of the screen musical and a moving story of how individuals struggle and then come together and create community. The film is uplifting, light and soulful at the same time” – Benjamin Cowley, CEO Gravel Road Distribution Group