Alanis Morissette spends months filming a documentary about her life, then decides to boycott it.
QUEEN OF POP Alanis Morissette was honored this week at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival with the premiere of a significant new film on her life. There was a star-studded red carpet, cameras, and plenty of Hollywood glitz. On Tuesday night, the only thing missing was the show’s star.
Morissette, who is slated to tour the United Kingdom in November, has decided to boycott the film she has been working on for months. The singer, whose angst-ridden 1995 album Jagged Little Pill generated singles like Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, and All I Really Want, slammed the documentary for its “salacious goal” and “implausible facts.” Disowning her film, however, is a clear hint that the Canadian-born singer, who has won eight Grammy awards and sold over 75 million records worldwide, is still battling her many problems.
Despite the fact that Morissette has not stated what she dislikes about the film, insiders believe she is being duped into disclosing her darkest secrets, including how she was raped as a 15-year-old and her struggles with depression and eating disorders.
The issue erupted as Morissette, now 47, was in the midst of a stunning comeback: she is now on a world tour, her successful Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards, and her first new album since 2012 is due out next year.
Regardless of how much she now despises it, the documentary provides a fascinating glimpse inside the mind that developed one of the most popular albums of the 1990s.
Jagged Little Pill sold 33 million copies and was saturated with her rage and despair at a patriarchal, misogynistic, and sexual assault culture decades before the #MeToo movement.
“I was questioned during a really vulnerable time, while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown,” recalls Morissette, who gave birth to her son Winter in 2019. She had previously struggled with postpartum depression after the births of her son Ever in 2010 and daughter Onyx in 2016.
She accuses the filmmakers of taking advantage of her while she was vulnerable. “I was lulled into a false feeling of security, and their nefarious intent became clear as soon as I saw the initial cut of the movie,” she adds. “This is when I realized our ideas were cruelly diverging…” Brinkwire Summary News