No One But Me
Directed by Brian Ross
Cinematography by Brian Ross
ilm editing by Kant Pan (50 min) & Martin Kayser-Landwehr (75 min)
Produced by Gill Parry, 2012
No One But Me is a 2012 documentary film about the Scottish jazz musician Annie Ross. Filmed over three years, the film focuses upon Ross’ musical career, struggles with heroin addiction, and her relationships with both her family and contemporaries, Billie Holiday and Lenny Bruce. Regarding the film, Ross noted, “It’s very blunt, it’s very truthful. […] It makes me a bit nervous, but one thing about the film – it’s honest.”
The film features contributions from musicians, Jon Hendricks, Peter King, James Wormworth, Tony Kinsey and Warren Vache.”
(Out of Wikipedia.)
Annie Ross was the red-headed bombshell at the swinging heart of the post-war jazz scene. Raised in Glasgow, her eight-decade career runs from precocious child star – the ‘Scottish Shirley Temple’ – to indefatigable living legend.
In this intimate and revealing ArtWorks Scotland profile, Annie discusses her many lives: Parisian singer in the 1940s, incomparable vocal gymnast in the 1950s and Covent Garden impresario in the 1960s.
Tales of shoplifting with Billie Holiday, shooting up with her lover Lenny Bruce and of her deep abiding affection for her brother Jimmy Logan are underscored by Annie’s beguiling and distinctive vocals performing a generous selection of jazz standards and her own compositions.
Excerpt from “No One But Me”