Steve Loveridge, the director of an upcoming documentary on the musician M.I.A., has spectacularly quit the film and then leaked a trailer online.
Loveridge also urged her record label, Interscope, to “wake up” before then posting a five-minute long trailer to his own Tumblr page.
The likes of Diplo, Julian Assange, and Kanye West, all feature in the clip, which promotes the upcoming move that tells the tale of M.I.A’s life as well as seeing discussing her political beliefs, music, and her influences.
Loveridge received an email from Interscope asking the trailer to be taken down from YouTube, which he then posted online too. He has since taken it down however there are still various copies available online.
The Interscope employee wrote to Loveridge, “I know how frustrated you must be with the [film] but I promise we’ve been having ongoing conversations internally, trying to get legal stuff and funding resolved, it is going to move forward and get done in time for this album cycle and festivals.”
However, Loveridge’s response was far from diplomatic, as he simply stated, “I really couldn’t give a flying f***. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this.”
M.I.A. has also been commenting on the documentaries progress, taking to Twitter to state that she might need her fans to support the project through Kickstarter.
The musician wrote, “I’m gonna need @kickstarter and my fans to help make this exist, I’ve been blacklisted through normal channels!”
Recently M.I.A. revealed that Interscope weren’t convinced by her latest album, Mantangi, because it was too positive, so they delayed its release, which was originally intended for late 2012. Discussing her work on the album, M.I.A. stated, “If I didn’t get it out now, I would have definitely exploded.
Would you watch a documentary on M.I.A.?