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  • Thu 16 Sep to Thu 23 Sep
  • 145 minutes
  • Director: Liesl Tommy
  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald
  • Canada/USA (2021)


The remarkable true story of an indelible soul music icon, Respect delves deep into the extraordinary life of Aretha Franklin, going from her early days singing in her father’s church choir to her domination of the international stage. Portrayed by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (who performs all the film’s songs and was hand-picked for the role by Franklin herself), Aretha’s story spans the turbulent 1960s and grapples with her struggles both personal and political, all in service of depicting her journey to find her voice. With a cast rounded out by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans and four-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, Respect depicts a musical legend who demands exactly that – plenty of respect.


"Hudson sure steps up to the challenge, dazzling with the song that lends its name to the film's title" - Time Out


“Hudson is the perfect choice to live Aretha Franklin's story with powerful acting and vocals that sound authentic but not copied.” - Chicago Sun-Times