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Judy Garland: the legend behind the rainbow 

Year: 2019 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Rupert Goold 
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon  

The year is 1969 and an ageing and exhausted Judy Garland arrives in London for a string of sold-out concerts at The Talk of The Town, forcing her to leave her children behind whilst she also fights a custody battle with her ex-husband.

It’s impossible to capture an entire life in two hours, let alone that of somebody with such a storied one at that; Judy, however, does a mightily impressive job of capturing just a slice of it and will stay with you for a long time. Zellweger not only looks the part, but her performance is haunting in how uncannily it captures Garland in all her characteristic vulnerability – yet defiance – during her final years. Look for a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars for sure!

Kieran Hall

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Screenings of this film:

2019/2020 Autumn Term (digital)