'Songwriter' trailer provides a glimpse of Ed Sheeran's intimate process of songwriting

Ed Sheeran and his cousin Murray Cummings are gifitng all Sheeran fans with a chance to look into the process that goes into the making of some of the Sheeran hits.


                            'Songwriter' trailer provides a glimpse of Ed Sheeran's intimate process of songwriting

“This is the first time on camera you’re going to see a song being written...so, make sure you get all of it.” Ed Sheeran says in the trailer of Murray Cummings' documentary 'Songwriter'. Apple Music has just released the trailer for the documentary which charts the journey of the songwriter from his early childhood days to his present fame as a musician, chiefly focusing on the making of Ed Sheeran's 2017 album 'Divide'.

The trailer incorporates clips of a young Ed Sheeran trying his hand at the drums, cello, bass, and guitar and meeting his earliest critical influence, his school music teacher.

The documentary shot over a span of a decade by Sheeran's cousin Murray Cummings follows the musician on his tours and also documents the massive process which goes into the making and recording of a song.

It focuses primarily on the writing and recording of the songs while highlighting Sheeran's regular collaborations with Benny Blanco, Julia Michaels, Foy Vance, Johnny McDaid and Amy Wadge.

In one of the clips, Sheeran says, "The album is the peak of my songwriting and musical ability...It might be that I never get this again. The last two albums were building up to something. This one, it definitely feels magical.”

Murray's documentary on his cousin chronicles the making of his 2017 album 'Divide'. (Getty Images)
Murray's documentary on his cousin chronicles the making of his 2017 album 'Divide'. (Getty Images)

In a press release, Sheeran praised his cousin's documentary as a brilliant piece of hard work and "DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish.”

Cummings, in order to provide an authentic take on Sheeran's, had decided to make something different. He said, "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.”

The documentary also attempts to explain how some of Sheeran's hits were made, like 'Galway Girl', 'Shape of You', and 'Castle on the Hill', and was won over by Apple Music in an auction for worldwide rights to the documentary following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

'Songwriter' is being produced by Kimmie Kim and is being executively produced by Sheeran's manager Stuart Camp and Stefan Demetriou, who was head of Warner Music’s creative hub Firepit before shifting to Universal last year.

The documentary will hit theatres (by Abramorama) from August 17 when it will be premiered at the IFC Center and on August 24 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Apple Music will exclusively stream the documentary on August 28. 

Watch the trailer for 'Songwriter' below: