Trevor Dunn is amused by many aspects of Diane Warren: the “Millennium Babe” T-shirt she wore for a TV interview, “the bizarre room” she works in, the bird that flies around while she’s working, her work ethic and her strong individuality — all quirks and characteristics that made her an “interesting story.”
Dunn (who first met and “immediately liked” Warren when he was working in radio) is the English TV exec in charge of creating a documentary about the songwriter that will air on BBC2 in the spring or summer of this year, and later in the U.S. The hourlong special will include work and lifestyle footage of Warren, interviews with her and the stars, movie producers and music executives she’s worked with, and performance footage of her songs.
“I believe it will be interesting to people not just because Diane is utterly charming, but because in the pop music business the songwriter is usually the least-well-known element to the public. Even though they are very familiar with the songs, they tend to think of them in relation to the performers not the creator,” Dunn says.
Warren’s songs most familiar to U.K. ears are “Unbreak My Heart” performed by Toni Braxton and Aswad’s version of “Don’t Turn Around,” both of which hit No. 1.
Mark Hagen, who is producing the documentary, met Warren when he used to run VH1 in Europe and became an immediate fan. The program is tentatively titled “How Do I Live” after the song from the movie “Con Air” (1997), which earned Warren Grammy and Oscar nominations.
Described by both Dunn and Hagen as an intimate portrait, the doc may include footage Warren shoots herself with “a little BBC camera” provided to her. “It will be great to have her film herself as with any creative person it’s difficult following them around and with their own footage you get another interesting vision of them, different from the filmmaker’s” says Hagen, laughing that one of this problems will be to “stop her using the f-word!”