Sid & Judy

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, Judy Garland’s post-MGM triumphs and tragedies are vividly recalled in a revelatory documentary that utilises her impresario husband Sidney Luft’s memoirs.

Dir Stephen Kijak
Prod Diane Becker, John Battsek
With Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh
UK Distribution UPHE Content Group

Marking the 50th anniversary of her death, this is a heartbreaking, frequently witty and vividly atmospheric account of Judy Garland’s turbulent relationship with third husband Sid Luft, who produced her 1954 comeback musical A Star is Born. That movie was part of a hugely stressful late-career renaissance that included countless TV specials and epic stage appearances, notably her classic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. Ingeniously directed by LFF regular Stephen Kijak, Sid & Judy has Mad Men’s Jon Hamm narrate Luft’s candid memoirs, with Jennifer Jason Leigh voicing Garland. Their voices are interwoven with rare archive material – including revealing excerpts from Judy’s personal recordings – that cover the rollercoaster final years of a showbiz giant and quintessential gay icon, whose professional highs and private lows proved indivisible.

Manish Agarwal