A documentary about Ike White follows the musical prodigy’s life journey this Monday on BBC Four
Date Posted: May 15, 2020
The Changin’ Times of Ike White follows the journey of a musical prodigy and the mythical album he made whilst serving life for murder at the age of 18. The film will air on BBC Four on Monday 18th May at 10pm.
The documentary was produced by Erica Starling with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.
Released in 1976, Changin’ Times was a commercial album recorded inside an American prison, gaining Ike White industry adulation from the likes of Stevie Wonder. This compelling new documentary for BBC Four traces a gritty and soulful tale that twists and turns like the best true-crime cinema and is anything but a straightforward music biography.
Following his release from prison, Ike White was on the path to redemption, but just as he was charting a course to stardom, he disappeared. After vanishing for nearly forty years, director Dan Vernon uncovered White living in California under an assumed identity with a new life. What follows is a fascinating story full of colourful characters, false identities and the price of forgiveness.
The Changin’ Times Of Ike White was directed by Dan Vernon, the producers are Vivienne Perry and Rachel Hooper and the exec producer is Alison Millar. It was commissioned by Mark Bell for BBC Arts and BBC Four.