First trailer for George Michael’s self-directed documentary released

The documentary George Michael directed right up until his sudden death is to be aired later this year.

The Wham! star was filming a comeback show for Channel 4 in the UK when he died suddenly on Christmas Day 2016.

Now a re-worked version of the programme is set to air with contributions from some of the biggest names in showbiz.

Freedom, directed by George and his friend David Austin, chronicles the making of the 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice and the subsequent legal battle with his record label.

In a harrowing twist, the story of his life, now released posthumously, is narrated by George himself.

The film includes contributions from a long list of his friends and associates, including a lengthy and rare contribution from his neighbour, Kate Moss.

Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett also feature in the film.

George also pays an emotional tribute to his first boyfriend in his final interview.

Brazilian Anselmo Feleppa, George’s first love, died of an Aids-related illness in 1993.

The pair met in a hotel lobby when they fell in love almost immediately.

A source who has seen the documentary, which airs around the re-release of the album Listen Without Prejudice on October 20, told The Mirror: “George speaks very movingly about Anselmo being the first love of his life and how important he was in his life.

“It is very emotional and he clearly never forgot him and left a huge ­impression on George.”

His final song, a re-worked version of his 80s song Fantasy, was released last week with music producer Nile Rogers.

George Michael: Freedom airs in the US on 21 October, and in the UK, around 20 October.