M.I.A. Documentary Begins Shoot With BRITDOC Backing

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Steve Loveridge's feature doc debut will use hundreds of hours of exclusive, unseen candid footage shot by the performer and her closest friends.

LONDON -- Steve Loveridge's feature documentary about the life and times of musician M.I.A. has begun shooting in the British capital with producers BRITDOC boarding the project as co-producers.

U.K. based non-profit documentary support organization BRITDOC will co-produce with Yala Films and arrange finance and distribution along with Wiggin E.P, the packaging arm of media law firm Wiggin LLP.

Billed by the backers as a "magnet for controversy from her arrival on the music scene in 2003," M.I.A. has been hailed a creative genius and musical innovator on one hand and also vilified as a terrorist-supporting, misguided, attention seeker in some media quarters.

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M.I.A. arrived in London at age 11, fleeing the civil war in Sri Lanka. She then hustled her way from life in a rough London housing estate to a record deal.

She has made beats from gun shots and cash registers, name-checked terrorist groups in her lyrics and branded her record covers with tiger stencils and AK-47s.

The rapper-singer has also courted controversy in the U.S. with a middle-finger flip at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.

Using hundreds of hours of exclusive, unseen candid footage shot by M.I.A and her closest friends, the documentary aims to show first-hand the experiences captured on camera that become the lyrics, beats, artwork and attitude.

Loveridge has been a collaborator of M.I.A’s since they met at St. Martins Art College in London and this marks his first feature.

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Josephine Rose from London media law firm Wiggin also joins as executive producer.

The film is being co-produced by BRITDOC’s directors Jess Search, Sandra Whipham, Maxyne Franklin and Beadie Finzi.

BRITDOC's funding and executive producing track record includes the 2011 Oscar nominated Hell and Back Again and 2013 Toronto audience winner Jehane Noujaim’s The Square.

BRITDOC also worked with Channel 4 on Callum McCrae’s journalistic film about the end of the Sri Lankan civil war No Fire Zone which debuted at the United Nations.

BRITDOC’s latest theatrical release as a U.K. distributor is Rick Rowley’s Sundance winner Dirty Wars.