- Film And TV
- 15 Sep 22
NOTHING COMPARES will land in Irish cinemas on October 7th, via Paramount.
Paramount Pictures and SHOWTIME Documentary Films have released the official trailer for their new Sinéad O'Connor documentary, NOTHING COMPARES, which will appear in cinemas on October 7th.
The project was produced by Tara Films and Ard Mhacha Productions in association with Field of Vision, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, BFI Doc Society Fund (awarding National Lottery funding), ie:entertainment and Northern Ireland Screen.
Directed by Kathryn Ferguson (Taking the Waters, Space to Be), NOTHING COMPARES charts Sinéad OʼConnorʼs phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom, before her iconoclastic personality led to her exile from the pop mainstream.
Focusing on O’Connor’s prophetic words and deeds from 1987 to 1993, the film presents an authoritative, richly cinematic portrait of this fearless artist through a contemporary feminist lens.
Check out the trailer below.
Belfast-born Ferguson is an innovative and boundary-pushing director. NOTHING COMPARES is her documentary feature directorial debut and was an official selection in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The film has gone on to win various awards at film festivals this year, including Best Irish Documentary at Galway Film Fleadh, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Aegean Film Festival, and the Audience Award at Docs Ireland.
With additional music by John Reynolds (executive producer) and original music by Irene and Linda Buckley.
Unfortunately, Prince’s estate blocked producers of a documentary about Sinéad O’Connor’s life from using her hit version of Prince’s song ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in the film.
The absence of O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s song and her most famous hit from the film was explained in the credits:
“The Prince estate denied use of Sinéad's recording of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' in this film,” the credits read. Prince originally released the record as part of his side project The Family on their self-titled 1985 album.
The track remained relatively obscure until O’Connor covered the song on her 1990 album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. O’Connor’s music video for the cover and her emotional rendition of the song catapulted her to global stardom and the song to iconic status.
The pair’s paths crossed in more than artistic terms, O’Connor recalled in her memoir Rememberings.
In NOTHING COMPARES, O’Connor discusses her life. It plots her journey from the physical and mental abuse she suffered as a child, to her emergence as a superstar. The film also explores the fallout of her appearance on SNL where she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II in protest against clerical child abuse.
The film hit screens weeks after the tragic death of O’Connor and Dónal Lunny’s 17-year-old son Shane. Upon her son’s death, O’Connor paid tribute to him via Twitter.
She described him as “The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eyed-baby.”
“You will always be my light,” she added. "We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.”
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