Cyndi Lauper’s documentary will reveal the ‘hard hits’ of the defiant ‘punk’ life

Girls just want a full-length movie about their careers.

Cyndi Lauper’s 30-year career will be explored in an upcoming documentary titled Let the Canary Sing.

The feature-length film specifically follows the 68-year-old singer’s rise to fame, from growing up among New York’s working-class queens to the release and success of her debut album, She’s So Unusual, in 1983.

“Let the Canary Sing” will showcase, according to a statement, “the generations she has influenced with her songs, her inimitable, ever-evolving punk style, her uncompromising feminism and her dedication to speaking out for others.”

The documentary will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Alison Ellwood and directed in collaboration with the “Time After Time” singer herself.

“When Cyndi Lauper burst onto the music scene in the early ’80s, like many people, I assumed she was another young star enjoying a meteoric rise to fame and success thanks to MTV,” Ellwood said.

Cyndi Lauper performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom on April 1, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cyndi Lauper performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell on April 1, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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“But as it turns out, her story is one of hard hitting, hard work and dogged determination. Cyndi wanted her voice not just to be heard, but a voice to be heard.

“The documentary will be a full portrait of Cyndi Lauper – her real colors shines through,” added the director, a nod to her 1986 hit.

A native of New York, she holds titles as a singer-songwriter, actress, activist and best-selling music composer. According to spokespeople, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and is just one Oscar away from becoming an EGOT winner.

Cyndi Lauper attends the 74th Annual Tony Awards at Winter Garden Theater on September 26, 2021 in New York City.
Cyndi Lauper attends the 74th Annual Tony Awards at Winter Garden Theater on September 26, 2021.
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Lauper’s move to work on the Broadway musical Kinky Boots earned her the title of first solo female to win a Tony for Best Original Score in 2013.

The ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ singer is also a New York Times bestselling author with her autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Sony Music Entertainment is financing and distributing the film, which, according to a statement, will “reveal a multifaceted artist who has continually reinvented herself.”

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Cyndi Lauper to produce her definitive documentary, one that befits her iconic and immeasurable impact on both the music industry and society at large,” said Tom Mackay, President of premium content at SME .

The film is being produced by Fine Point Films with Trevorbirney, Eimhear O’Neill and Andrew Tully as producers and Mackay, Tabs Breese, Lisa Barbaris and Richard Story as executive producers.

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