Apple Music released the first trailer for its new Ed Sheeran documentary, titled Songwriter, today (July 18).
The trailer cuts to various scenes Sheeran being filmed throughout his creative process and touches on his journey as an artist. It even takes viewers back to his old high school and meeting with his old music teacher Mr. Hanley, who supported Sheeran's musical growth despite early struggles.
The film also take a look at how the singer juggles his travel schedule while writing new music on tour buses, at an idyllic Malibu estate, and on an epically luxurious cruise liner. It also fers insight into Sheeran's working relationships with legendary producer Benny Blanco and musicians such as Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Ryan Tedder, and Julia Michaels.
The film is described as an intimate and personal look into the writing process Sheeran's latest album ÷ and his thoughts about making the album that he considers "the peak his songwriting and musical ability."
"Songwriter gives viewers a unique glimpse into the songwriting process," Sheeran said in a press release. "Murray's film brilliantly documents the hard work and DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish."
The film, directed by Sheeran's cousin and filmmaker Murray Cummings, will be premiere at the Berlin Film Festival later this year and will make its Berlin Film Festival this year and North American debut at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The film will have a theatrical release Abramorama in New York on Aug. 17 and Los Angeles on Aug. 24 before being available worldwide exclusively on Apple Music on Aug. 28.
"I decided to make something different," added Cummings about being able to provide an authentic look into Ed's life and creative process as only family can. "I wasn't going to show fame. I didn't want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn't want to have sit down interviews because I didn't want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting."