Music (upcoming film)

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Directed bySia Furler
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Music is an upcoming musical film directed by Australian singer-songwriter Sia and starring Kate Hudson, Maddie Ziegler and Leslie Odom Jr. Its screenplay was co-written by Sia and children's book author Dallas Clayton.[1][2] Sia wrote the songs for the film.[3]

Background and development[edit]

Kate Hudson (pictured in 2012) is set to co-star in the film.

Sia Furler announced the film project at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, to star Maddie Ziegler, who starred in a series of music videos that Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill[4][5] and who has danced during many of Sia's live performances.[5][6] Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr. are also set to star.[7]

After creating the music video for "Chandelier" in 2014, Sia decided she was "pretty good" at directing and "felt a little bit braver".[4] The film's screenplay was co-written by Sia and children's book author Dallas Clayton based on a one-page story that she had written in 2007.[8] Sia enjoyed the creative process and noted similarities between directing and writing songs. She said:

For me, the process was basically, I work out the movie. I'll act it out, I'll have the dialogue already in my head ... I can't be bothered to learn Final Draft. ... Like, when I sing, I just want to sing the melody and write the lyrics. I don't want to have to do production, which is very technical. I don't enjoy that.[4][5]

The project, originally conceived as a non-musical film, was subsequently written as a musical, with songs by Sia and choreography by Sia's frequent collaborator Ryan Heffington. It was first given the working title Sister and subsequently renamed Music.[3][9]

Sia stated on Twitter that the film is set for release in October 2019.[10]


The story is about an autistic teenager (Ziegler), who is cared for by her sober, drug-dealing sister (Hudson).[9][11]


  1. ^ McGrane, Danielle (3 August 2017). "Sia to spread festive cheer with Christmas album". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Sia will be releasing her first Christmas album". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Harding, Laura. "Kate Hudson backs Sia as a director after musical collaboration", Independent, March 22, 2018
  4. ^ a b c "Sia to direct film starring young muse Maddie Ziegler". BBC News. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Tewari, Nidhi (9 September 2015). "'Elastic Heart' Singer Sia to Make a Film Titled 'Sister' with Her Muse Maddie Zeigler". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 September 2015.; "Sia Releases Captivating 'Cheap Thrills' Video Featuring Maddie Ziegler", Billboard, March 21, 2016; and Murphy, Desiree "Maddie Ziegler Rocks a Black Wig, Rainbow Face Paint in Sia's Haunting Tribute Video to Orlando Victims",, 6 September 2016
  6. ^ Lipshutz, Jason. "Sia Remains an Essential Live Performer in 2016", Billboard, October 26, 2016
  7. ^ Puente, Maria. "Kate Hudson expecting baby No. 3, details worst morning sickness of her life", USA Today, April 6, 2018
  8. ^ Anderson, Ariston (7 September 2016). "Venice: Sia Explains Why She's Directing Her Maddie Ziegler Screenplay". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b Aron, Hillel. "How Sia Saved Herself", Rolling Stone, August 24, 2018
  10. ^ Kickham, Dylan. "Sia's Movie Music Will Hit Theaters This Fall, Starring Maddie Zeigler & Kate Hudson", Elite Daily, May 29, 2019
  11. ^ Tang, Estelle. "Sia's Repetto Shoes Are Good for Dancing and Going Undercover at Kardashian Parties",, February 25, 2019