Katy Perry at 'Part of Me' film premiere in Los Angeles
It’s an exciting Wednesday here at Grazia Towers, because in just a few hours we’ll be getting a sneak preview of Katy Perry’s film Part Of Me - out in cinemas next week. But Katy’s not the first popstrel to release a warts and all insight into life on the road. We check out the competition…
The original (and quite possibly the best) fly-on-the-wall film is In Bed With Madonna (or Truth Or Dare as it was called in the US). Released in 1991 and filmed during her Blonde Ambition tour, it’s no holds barred look at Madge’s life. We see her bitch with her dancers, fight with boyfriend Warren Beaty (who accuses her of being obsessed with fame – as if!) and attempt to lure Antonio Banderas away from his then wife (where Madge failed, Melanie Griffith later succeeded). She also visits her mother’s grave, declares ex-husband Sean Penn as ‘the love of her life’ and gets threatened with arrest over her X-rated stage show. Watch and be reminded what a compelling –popstar Madonna can be.
In 2007, Kylie released White Diamond, filmed during her ShowGirl: A Homecoming Tour. It followed her big comeback after beating breast cancer, was directed by long-time friend and stylist, William Baker and features cameos from little sis Dannii and U2’s Bono appear. Ms Minogue split up with Olivier Martinez mid-way through filming but, aside from a few blink and you’ll miss them appearances, he barely features. Kylie admitted she was nervous working on such a revealing project – and you can tell. While the costumes and performances are as fabulous as you’d expect, you never really feel like you see past the glitter and sequins.
So, how will Katy compare? Will it be a genuine insight into her crazy life, Madge style – or all smoke and glitter, like Kylie? ‘I could instinctively feel that something important was about to happen that year,’ she said of her reason for making the film. That life bombshell came in the form of her split with Russell Brand – which features in the film. We doubt we’ll ever see a pop star fellate a bottle on screen again (yeah, thanks for that Madonna), but we’re hoping for a glimpse into the reality of superstardom – heartbreak and all.
by Clare Thorp