A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue
White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue is a 2007 documentary film directed and produced by William Baker and chronicling the life of Australian singer Kylie Minogue 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 Minogue’s return to the stage following her recovery from cancer, the film features on-stage and back-stage footage and interviews with several of Minogue’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.
On 17th of May, 2005, Kylie Minogue 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.”