Joan Armatrading is one the most influential singer-songwriters in the UK. A national icon, she is known for her singular vision as a writer and performer. She has performed around the world to sell out stadiums, releasing records and touring almost constantly from the early 70s to the present day.
In this documentary we hear from Joan about her self-belief, and her unique ability to craft songs that have spoken to millions. Known as Joan ‘Armourplating’ for her reclusiveness and barriers, Joan has for the first time granted access to her life and music.
We hear her story from Caribbean émigré to being one of the most revered songwriters of our generation.
Alongside unprecedented access to Joan, watching her play a sold-out tour, the film features exclusive, previously unseen archive, and interviews with key collaborators from music producers Glyn Johns and Steve Lillywhite, to musician Pino Palladino. The film also features interviews and unique cover versions of Joan’s songs, from Martha Wainwright, singing ‘Me Myself I’, to Meshell Negeocello, covering ‘How Cruel’, and Shingai (Noisettes), performing ‘Love and Affection’.