Showtime Documentary Films Partners with Sinéad O’Connor Doc NOTHING LIKE
SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced TODAY that it has acquired worldwide rights to Nothing Compares directed by Kathryn Ferguson (Taking the Waters, Space to Be).
Nothing Compares traces Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to global fame and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom before her iconoclastic persona drove her into exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on the prophetic words and deeds of Sinéad from 1987 to 1993, the film presents a written and richly cinematic portrait of this fearless pioneer through a contemporary feminist lens.
Nothing Compares, Ferguson’s feature-length documentary debut, was part of the official selection for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival last week. SHOWTIME is slated for a theatrical release later this year in the US, UK and Ireland before SHOWTIME premieres in the US and its international partner streaming platforms later this year. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
The archive-driven documentary features era-defining music videos and concerts, as well as never-before-seen footage from that period. The film is backed up by a new interview with Sinéad herself, in which she reflects on the events in her own words and from a current perspective. Intimate interviews with first-hand contributors add to the tapestry additional insights from contemporary artists, musicians and social commentators introducing broader themes of Irish history, politics and global activism, while reflecting on Sinéad’s art, impact and legacy.
“When we started making this documentary four years ago, a key goal was to one day be able to share the film with audiences around the world and celebrate Sinéad’s music and artistry with fans old and new.” , Ferguson said. “We are thrilled to partner with SHOWTIME to make this happen.”
Born in Belfast, Ferguson is an innovative, boundary-pushing filmmaker who has focused on short works that center on identity, gender politics and community. Ferguson’s short documentary Taking the Waters premiered at Sheffield DocFest in 2018 and in 2021 she directed the short documentary Space to Be for The Guardian’s highly acclaimed documentary film series.
The film is produced by Eleanor Emptage and Michael Mallie for Tara Films (UK) and Ard Mhacha Productions (Ireland), and presented by Field of Vision. Executive producers are Charlotte Cook, Lesley McKimm, Lucy Pullin, John Reynolds and Lisa Marie Russo. The film was supported by Screen Ireland, the BFI Doc Society Fund, IE:Entertainment and Northern Ireland Screen. Submarine represented the film for worldwide sales and brokered the deal with SHOWTIME.