Evil Gal Blues

April 20, 2007

Loving portrait for BBC4 of the great Dinah Washington.

Tagged ‘Queen of the Blues’, she was both jazz and pop singer, perhaps most famous for lush ballads like What a Difference a Day Makes – and she was the first Queen of Bling.

Featuring an interview with Amy Winehouse.

‘ sublime portrait’

‘Directed by Jill Nicholls, whose recent TV films include the portrait of Allen Toussaint, and Imagine: New Orleans after Katrina. Although Dinah died in 1963 at the age of 49, director Jill Nicholls and her team managed to track down a surprisingly large contingent of survivors who remember her well – two sisters, her son, one of her eight husbands, her pianist and bass player, all of whom help to give us a portrait of a tough, funny, tempestuous and unpredictable woman who was the prototype of the divas that Diana Ross and Mariah Carey were to become decades later.’
Charlie Gillett, Sound of the World



Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer/Director Jill Nicholls
Cinematography Daniel Meyers
Film Editor Emily West