By Stephen KIJAK


Documentary - Completed 2019

Based on the memoir written in 2017 by Sid Luft, the third of Judy Garland's five husbands, about their years together, during which he was involved with her film A STAR IS BORN and her career as a concert performer.

& Awards

BFI London FF 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Stephen KIJAK
    • Producer(s)
    • John BATTSEK, Diane BECKER
    • Synopsis
    • Sid & Judy tells the story of the greatest second-chapter in American history: Judy Garland’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes to the absolute heights of fame driven by her great and turbulent love affair with Sid Luft, her third husband, who managed her through triumphant highs and crushing lows, during the course of their 13-year marriage and beyond. It is the story of how The Star became The Legend.

      Based in-part on Sid Luft’s recently published memoir and a wealth of never-before-seen (or heard) personal archive, the film focuses in on Judy’s post-MGM achievements: The Palace, A Star is Born, Carnegie Hall, and the Judy Garland Show, and puts the viewer inside Sid and Judy’s intimate world.

      While driven primarily by Sid Luft’s narration (performed in a delightfully hard-boiled manner by Jon Hamm), private recordings featuring Judy herself, telling stories from her past and sometimes just recording her thoughts, along with numerous clips from her TV show and radio interviews provides a vital counterpoint to Sid, bringing Judy vibrantly to life. (And when recordings of Judy herself were not available, the magnificent Jennifer Jason Leigh steps in to narrate Judy for us.)

      It is a privileged view inside the lives of one of our greatest icons of the stage and screen, full of all of her passion and wit, her madness and her magnificence – and lots and lots of her songs.

      It is a new look at Judy for a new generation, and a celebration of Judy for those who still remember, cherish, and love her.