JUDY

Masterfully Created ! Renee Gives An Award Winning Worthy Performance- Reina

Dressed in my off-white tweed pearl coat, paired with a black dress, my vintage looked aimed to pay homage to Costume Designer, Jany Temime’s wardrobe selects for the film.

The films stars Renee Zellweger, who stars opposite Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon.

About the Film

Directed by Rupert Goold, the movie is set in 1969. Actress, Singer Judy Garland, (Renee Zellweger)

is broke and forced to take a lucrative gig in London. You see a woman coping and mother hoping; hiding behind the persona in the room.

You discover what Renee describes as the omission of her critics, she describes feeling empathy and outrage while reading the Tom Edge penned, screenplay,

“…There’s a lot, I’ll call them the omissions of her critics that are crucial in understanding how she finds herself in the circumstances that she’s living with at the end of her life. You can’t lampoon or ridicule.

Renee Zellweger | Judy

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Renee’s Return to the Big Screen

This is a return to the big screen for Renee. If you are a streamer you may remember her as an empowered, cunning always, composed Anne Montgomery in the Netflix, neo-noir social thriller, ‘What If’.

Transformation from that to Judy was Phenomenal.

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It’s not really till you go ‘action’ on the first day that you know what you’re going to get. I remember my shoulders easing after the first take and going ‘ok she’s brilliant”

Rupert Goold | Director-Judy Film

From the way she walked, slightly hunched, to the way she blinked, weakened her voice; I was awed by her performance and commitment to this unseen Judy.

Speaking of unseen, the film flashes back and uncovers the tragedy of fame as a child star in the 1930s

America’s Sweetheart


You are reminded of a time before child labor law and see a darker side over the rainbow. Forcibly fasting at the direction of the management, given pills to take her appetite away, pills to keep her awake, pills to make her sleep. Darci Shaw makes her professional acting debut , she plays young Judy Garland.

Screenplay

Producer David Livingstone acquired rights to the playwright. ‘End of the Rainbow’ David reached to BAFTA nominated writer, Tom Edge to translate it to the Big Screen.

Renee and I talked her reaction to her first read of the Screenplay.

Not a Victim A Survivor

“… and that’s what I found so compelling about this particular project is that it contextualizes and it shows ‘well wait a second’ she didn’t make those choices for herself. Not to say she’s a victim at all because that would suggest that she quits and she never did and I feel like it emphasizes how truly extraordinary she was, what she was able to achieve in spite of that

Portraying the Final Redemption.

The creative expressions Renee portrayed Judy when she was all alone, the expressions not seen from interviews, or accounts of others. Renee admits to the challenge of mastering the balance of portraying Judy. I was curious to know where she drew inspiration.

“I understand that having lived with a public persona.I understand that sort of persona enters the room before you do and sometimes people don’t meet the person”

Renee Zellweger | Judy

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DIRECTOR

Rupert Goold was born in London. He studied English literature at Cambridge and, on a Fulbright scholarship, studied performance at New York University. He has directed more than 40 stage productions in the UK, several TV series, and the feature film True Story (15). Judy (19) is his latest film.

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

Cinematography
Ole Bratt Birkeland

Editing
Melanie Ann Oliver

Executive Producers
Cameron McCracken, Rose Garnett, Andrea Scarso

Producer
David Livingstone

Production Companies
Calamity Films, Pathé Productions, BBC Films, Ingenious

Production Designer
Kave Quinn

Screenplay
Tom Edge

Sound
Adrian Bell, Lee Herrick, Rob Ireland

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