Listen: HBO’s Tina Turner Documentary Explores Her Trauma, But Doesn't Exploit It
“We knew we didn’t need to drag her down into the details of the abuse. She’s already talked about it. We had the tapes. We didn’t need 80-year-old Tina to be telling us stuff that would be re-traumatizing her.”
Welcome to another episode of BuzzFeed Daily!
On today's episode:
1. Tomorrow HBO will begin streaming its new Tina Turner documentary “TINA.”
She’s a literal living legend. We know her story well--but the documentary brings us new insight into her life story. It examines her trauma, and how its telling and re-telling has affected her.
Today we spoke with the documentary’s Academy-Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. They explained how they approached their conversations with the star--and purposefully framed their conversations in a way that wouldn’t cause her to relive her abuse.
Listen to hear Dan and TJ explain the excellent advice they got from Oprah during production, and to hear Zach profess his love for Tennessee (Tina’s home state. And Zach’s. And Dolly Parton’s.)
TINA premieres Saturday, March 27th at 8:00 pm ET on HBO and HBO MAX.