Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
Featuring never before seen archive and exclusive interviews, this candid account of the ‘fairy-tale’ life of Nat King Cole, directed by Jon Brewer (B.B. King: The Life of Riley), honours the journey of a true icon, revealing his feelings behind his calling as a “beacon of hope” to the oppressed.
As America groaned under the weight of segregation and prejudice, one man’s astounding
talent seemingly swept these issues aside. Yet behind closed doors, they were trying to package Nat King Cole, Hollywood’s only black television star, as something he wasn’t: white.
Drawn from Cole’s private journals, alongside interviews with the widow of Nat King Cole, Maria Cole, as well as contributions from other family members and stars including Tony Bennett, Buddy Greco, Harry Belafonte, Nancy Wilson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, George Benson, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis and many more, these shocking untold stories speak a wider truth of the national climate at the time, begging the question “how far have we come?”