The documentary “Nothing Compares” featuring the late Sinead O’Connor, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, will still be broadcast on Saturday as originally planned.
Director Kathryn Ferguson, a fellow Belfast native, decided to go ahead with the release after much consideration following Sinead’s untimely death at the age of 56.
The film showcases her rise to international fame with the release of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and the subsequent controversies she faced.
With this airing, viewers will have the opportunity to see Sinead in all her glory and finally hear her side of the story, an option that was seldom afforded to her by certain sections of the media.
Sinead O’Connor: The Woman and Her Artistry
The documentary “Nothing Compares” takes a poignant look at significant moments in Sinead O’Connor’s career during the late 80s and early 90s, offering a contemporary feminist perspective.
From her debut album “The Lion And The Cobra” in 1987 to her Grammy-winning follow-up “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” Sinead’s music was celebrated by critics and fans alike.
Over the decades, she continued to release powerful albums, with her last one, “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss,” coming out in 2014.
Beyond her musical talents, Sinead was known for her strong advocacy on social and political issues, with one memorable act being her protest against the Catholic Church on US sketch show Saturday Night Live in 1992.
A Love Letter to Sinead
The documentary “Nothing Compares” is, in essence, a love letter to Sinead O’Connor.
Director Kathryn Ferguson expresses her deep admiration for the late artist, emphasizing how much Sinead meant to her and countless others.
Through the film, viewers will witness Sinead’s radical and magical ways, and the impact she had on those who grew up in the 1990s.
The documentary aims to be a reminder of Sinead’s greatness, preserving her legacy for future generations.
A Privileged Journey: Filming with Sinead’s Blessing
Director Kathryn Ferguson considers it a tremendous privilege to have made this documentary with Sinead O’Connor’s blessing.
The filmmaker’s connection to her fellow Irish woman shines through in the portrayal of Sinead’s life and career.
The film includes never-before-seen footage, music videos, and concert performances, along with a recent interview, providing an intimate look at the person behind the legendary artist.
Airing and Reception
Originally screened at the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition in 2022, “Nothing Compares” subsequently received acclaim when released in cinemas in October of the same year.
It garnered nominations and awards, including the best feature documentary at the Irish Film & Television Awards.
The documentary is set to air on Sky Documentaries at 9 pm and will also be available on the subscription service Now.
Additionally, it will be featured on Sky Showcase and Sky Arts.
“Nothing Compares” is more than just a documentary; it’s a tribute to the indomitable spirit of Sinead O’Connor.
Through this film, audiences can celebrate her music, her activism, and her unforgettable moments.
By sharing her story and allowing her to tell her side, the documentary ensures that Sinead’s legacy endures, inspiring and enlightening generations to come.