This 24th of November will be the 30th anniversary of legendary Queen band frontman, Freddie Mercury. For the occasion, BBC 2 made a new documentary called ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’ which will go through the final years of his life up to the staging of ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert’ held at Wembley Stadium on the 20th of April 1992.
The film, directed by James Rogan (‘The Confession’, 2016) will explore Freddie’s story from the last live concert he did in Knebworth (1986) to the Tribute Concert organised by his bandmates and friends. This documentary will also include new exclusive interviews with many of those closest to him, including Roger Taylor (Queen’s drummer), Brian May (Queen’s guitarist), Freddie’s sister Kashmira Bulsara, his PA Peter Freestone and other friends like Anita Dobson and David Wigg. Moreover, many of the stars who took part in the concert gave their testimony, like Roger Daltrey (The Who), Paul Young, Lisa Stanfield, and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard).
Jan Younghusband, the Head of Commissioning at BBC Music TV described the documentary as:
“a poignant story of one of music’s most popular and talented musicians, and the legacy he left. Not only does he shine new light on Freddie Mercury’s brave journey through those final five years of his life, but it also tells a wider - and hugely important - story of the emergence of AIDS at the time and how the incredible tribute concert after his death, helped to change for the better public opinion about the crisis.”