The long awaited ‘Hitsville: The Making Of Motown’ movie was premiered last night (9th August) in Los Angeles. The film, produced by Showtime, looks at Motown during the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Directed by British directors – brothers Benjamin and Gabe Turner – this feature-length film is being billed as the definite article. The film includes previously unseen footage from the label archives and Berry Gordy’s personal collection. Universal Music Group involvement means that the films makers have had access to the label’s vast catalogue of songs by all the Motown stars.

A US TV screening is planned for 24 August with a very limited UK release in September.