Judy - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

UK | 2019 | 118’ | DCP | Colour | English | Group: B
Director: Rupert Goold

2019/12/08 18:45 Macao Cultural Centre – G.A

Programmer’s Note

Judy Garland was one of the biggest names from Hollywood’s Golden Era but by 1968 – 30 years after The Wizard Of Oz was released – she couldn’t get arrested in the US and took a five week job singing at the Talk of The Town nightclub in London. This film portrays that period in Garland’s life (she would be dead six months later) and it does so through a compassionate lens, portraying the woman as a fragile artist with an extraordinary gift as a performer who battled daily with anxiety, a dependence on drugs and alcohol and the fallout of appalling misuse by the Hollywood system ever since she was a child. She is played here by Renee Zellweger in one of the revelatory performances of the year. Zellwegger embodies the many layers of Garland’s vulnerability and addictions – perhaps the most powerful one of which was her desperate need to perform in front of an audience. Zellweger doesn’t impersonate Garland – she sings the musical numbers herself and, let’s face it, nobody can match Garland’s own intoxicating voice – but delivers her own interpretation of the icon in a committed and compelling performance that could win her an Oscar.

– Mike Goodridge


Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?


Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold is a British director who is the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in London. He was previously artistic director of the Headlong Theatre from 2005 to 2013 and associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012. Among his theatre directing credits are Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, the musical version of American Psycho, Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, James Graham’s Ink and Richard III with Ralph Fiennes. His first feature was True Story (2015) with James Franco and Jonah Hill. Judy had its world premiere at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals in Aug and Sept this year.

Cast & Crew

Director Rupert Goold

Scriptwriter(s) Tom Edge

Producer(s) David Livingstone

Cinematographer Ole Bratt Birkeland

Production Designer Kave Quinn

Editor Melanie Ann Oliver, Ace

Music Gabriel Yared

Costumes Designer Jany Temine

Cast Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon

Production Companies Pathé Productions Ltd., British Broadcasting Corporation

Distributor Edko Films Ltd.

World Sales Pathé