The M.I.A Documentary That Never Happened

A year ago this month, something strange happened. As M.I.A prepared to release her fourth album, Matangi, her label Roc Nation pulled the leaked teaser for the documentary that was set to accompany it. It has barely been mentioned since.

The documentary’s director, Steve Loveridge, previously commented: “I get an e-mail every few weeks from Roc Nation or Interscope saying it’s all going to start up again, but then nothing.” According to Rolling Stone magazine, Roc Nation then wrote Loveridge an email, stating that the leaked teaser “screws with everything we’ve been working on setting up Matangi.” Loveridge didn’t mince his words in his response: “I really couldn’t give a flying fuck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this…nothing personal :)”

A few months later, in November 2013, Loveridge backtracked, saying: “The documentary is definitely happening. I’m holed up a room in Tottenham Court Road cutting it. I didn’t fall out with Maya. She’s often a very complicated person to work with and a hard taskmaster, and we do fall out now and again, but on the documentary she’s been good as gold.” He went on to claim that the documentary would be released sometime in 2014.

But now, here we are in the summer of 2014 and there is no sign of the documentary, which includes hours of archival footage of M.I.A as well as interviews with Kanye West, Spike Jonze, and Diplo. The question is—will this documentary about the Sri Lankan electro-rap powerhouse ever go from script to screen? We’ll keep you updated.

Watch the leaked trailer here:

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