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White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue
White Diamond DVD
Official release cover
Directed by William Baker
Produced by Tom Colbourne
Starring Kylie Minogue
Dannii Minogue
William Baker
Olivier Martinez
Bono
Music by Steve Anderson
Cinematography Justin Murphy
Edited by Reg Wrench
Dan Swimer
Release date 16 October 2007 (2007-10-16)
(United Kingdom)19 October 2007 (2007-10-19)
(Australia)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Australia
Language English

"White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue" is a 2007 documentary film directed and produced by William Baker and chronicling the life of Kylie during her concert tour Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. It was filmed between August 2006 and March 2007 in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Intended as an account of Kylie's return to the stage following her recovery from cancer, the film features on-stage and back-stage footage and interviews with several of Kylie's tour crew, including the director, William Baker. Kylie's sister Dannii and U2 lead singer Bono are also featured.

The film had a one-night premiere in each country, starting in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2007 and ending on 16 November 2007 in New Zealand. It received mostly negative reviews. It was later released on DVD in two editions: the European/United Kingdom edition and the Australian/New Zealand edition. These were later followed by a two-disc edition; the second disc contained a concert that was filmed during Kylie's Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in Melbourne, Australia.

The title White Diamond was taken from one of Kylie's songs (written by Scissor Sisters). This song is the sole new song performed by her during Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. The film opens with a reworked ballad version of it.

Two new songs, "I'm Hip" and "You Are There", are on the movie's soundtrack. Also on the soundtrack is "Alone Again", a previously unrecorded 2002 song that was co-written by Madonna and Rick Nowels.

Background and development

At the beginning of White Diamond, the director, William Baker, says: "For most people, Neighbours, 'I Should Be So Lucky', Michael Hutchence, gold hot pants, 'Can't Get You Out of My Head', and cancer equals Kylie. I want to rip that surface away."

On 17th of May, 2005, Kylie was forced to cancel the Australian leg of her Showgirl tour after being diagnosed with breast cancer. This is the story of her homecoming. (Introductory pre-credits text from White Diamond.)

White Diamond started out when Kylie's creative director and close friend William Baker was filming her for a personal record that was to be used as backstage bonus footage for the Showgirl: Homecoming Tour DVD. They had so much footage by the end of the tour, that they decided it would be better suited to a feature-length documentary format.

The original plan was to release it directly to DVD, but it was eventually given a single-day cinema release in some territories.

The film focuses on Kylie during her Australian and European tour, Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour. But during that tour, it was announced on 17 May 2005 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This led to the postponement of the remainder of that tour and to her withdrawal from the Glastonbury Festival. After having had surgery on 21 May 2005, her tour later resumed in November 2006 in Australia, under the name Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. Yet, while on this tour, Kylie was diagnosed with a respiratory tract infection. The tour was then postponed to January 2007.

Kylie stated that White Diamond was "a good way to thank the fans for their support and see where all their good wishes went. This started as quite a humble little project, and in many ways it still is." She had written on her website earlier in 2007: "I have to admit I was a little nervous to work on such a revealing project and I did pull the plug several times, but due to Willie's persistence it is now almost finished. It gives a great insight into the world of touring and the touring family."

Cast

Main roles

  • Kylie Minogue – the Showgirl (as credited at the end of film)
  • William Baker – director, photographer, and Kylie's best friend (known as "Dear")
  • Dannii Minogue – Kylie's sister, who appeared in the film for the duet "Kids"
  • Bono – who also appeared for the duet "Kids"
  • Oliver Martinez – Kylie's former boyfriend, who made an appearance in some short scenes

Dancers

  • Jason Beitel, Marco da Silva, Jamie Karitzis, Alan Lambie, Claire Meehan, Welly Locoh-Donou, Jason Piper, Nikoletta Rafaelisova, Andile Sotiya, Nikki Trow, Anoulka Yanminchey, Rachel Yau, and Terry Kvasnik

Video release

White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue
White Diamond DVD
Video by Kylie Minogue
Released 10 December 2007 (2007-12-10)(Region 2)
28 April 2008 (2008-04-28)(Region 1)
Recorded 11 December 2006 (2006-12-11) in Melbourne, Australia
Genre Pop
Length 125:29
Label EMI
Director(s) William Baker
Producer(s)
  • Tom Colbourne
  • Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue video chronology
Showgirl DVD White Diamond DVD KylieX2008 DVD

The documentary movie was released on DVD with a 15 rating on 10 December 2007. It was filmed in HD and released to cinemas in HD.

In the United Kingdom, it was released in a two-disc package. The second disc contains a concert (Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour) that was filmed in Melbourne, Australia, on 11 December 2006. The concert is two hours and twenty minutes long.

The DVD also features bonus footage of Kylie and Dannii Minogue performing "Kids" in Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on 16 December 2006, and five extra songs filmed in London's Earls Court on 6 May 2005.

White Diamond was shown on United Kingdom television on 25 November 2006 prior to its release on DVD. The DVD reached number three on the Mexican Top 10 Music DVD Chart when it was released in Mexico in February 2008.

It was released on DVD in New Zealand on 16 March 2009 by Shock Records. It was rated "General" by the OFLC of New Zealand.

A live album of the tour was recorded and released in January of 2007, containing two CDs, omitting the Sandstorm Dub interlude of "Butterfly". This was recorded at a Sydney date, whereas the DVD was filmed in Melbourne

Track listing

White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue
No. Title Length
1. "White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue"   1:58:53
Homecoming
No. Title Length
1. "Overture"    
2. "Better the Devil You Know"    
3. "In Your Eyes"    
4. "White Diamond"    
5. "On a Night Like This"    
6. "Shocked" / "What Do I Have to Do" (As part of the Everything Taboo Medley)  
7. "Spinning Around" (As part of the Everything Taboo Medley)  
8. "Confide in Me"    
9. "Cowboy Style" / "Finer Feelings"    
10. "Butterfly" (Dance interlude)  
11. "Red Blooded Woman" / "Where the Wild Roses Grow"    
12. "Slow"    
13. "Kids"    
14. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"    
15. "Come into My World"    
16. "Chocolate"    
17. "I Believe in You"    
18. "Dreams"    
19. "Burning Up" / "Vogue"    
20. "The Loco-Motion"    
21. "I Should Be So Lucky"    
22. "Hand on Your Heart"    
23. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"    
24. "Light Years" / "Turn It into Love"    
25. "Especially For You"    
26. "Love at First Sight"    
Bonus Features
No. Title Length
1. "Kids" (Featuring Dannii Minogue)  
2. "In Denial" (Earls Court Re-Edit)  
3. "Je Ne Sais Pas Porquoi" (Earls Court Re-Edit)  
4. "Confide in Me" (Earls Court Re-Edit)  
5. "Please Stay" (Earls Court Re-Edit)  
6. "Your Disco Needs You" (Earls Court Re-Edit)  
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