One of the most iconic and groundbreaking actors of all time is finally getting the documentary treatment, as Apple TV+ has released a trailer about the extraordinary life and career of the Oprah Winfrey-produced film. Sydney Poitier, “Sydney” is directed by Reginald Hudlin and will be available in theaters and streaming on Apple TV+ on September 23. Sidney Poitier made history when he became the first black man to win the Oscar for Best Actor in 1964.
@Deadline reports that the documentary takes take a deeper look Sidney Poitier’s “legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker, and activist at the heart of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement.” Some of the biggest names in Hollywood and fellow Oscar winners also appear in the film, including Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and civil rights movement leader Andrew Young.
Poitier, who died in January of this year at the age of 94, speaks critically about various themes in the film, including his childhood in the Bahamas and his refusal to play stereotypical or derogatory roles as an actor. . “I left the Bahamas with this feeling of mine. And ever since I got off the boat, America started saying to me, ‘You’re not what you think you are.’ Hollywood had a habit of using blacks in the most derogatory way possible. I said, ‘I can’t play that,'” he says in the trailer.
Via the press release announcing the documentary, ‘Sydney’ was produced “in close collaboration with the Poitier family” as they worked with both Winfrey and Hudlin to ensure that the finished product was a continuation of Sidney Poitier’s legacy. Due respect will be given.