Last year Showtime Documentary Films released Sid & Judy following its summer 2019 festival run.
Narrated by Emmy® winner Jon Hamm and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sid & Judy explores the dramatic career and personal struggles of the talented and tragically short-lived entertainer Judy Garland, through rare concert footage, never-heard-before voice recordings and personal photos. The film premiered at the Frameline Festival in San Francisco to a sold-out audience of over 1,400 people at the historic Castro Theater.
In this revelatory new biography, we learn the details of Garland’s troubles through the memories of the one man who, for a tumultuous decade, was her confidant, manager and, not incidentally, third husband: Sid Luft.
Through Luft’s observations, only recently made public, and Garland’s own words emerges a poignant portrait of a woman whose vulnerabilities were exploited by an industry she helped build, but whose resilience, entrepreneurship and unfailing commitment to her creative gifts kept her fighting. Sid & Judy reminds us why Garland has remained a beacon of perseverance and joy for LGBTQ+ generations and her fans worldwide.
If you have ever been interested in Judy Garland, this is a chance to look at her later years with Sid Luft’s own viewpoint, which is revelatory, especially with Judy’s own thoughts recorded at the time added too. A must watch!
We watched via SHOWTIME on Amazon’s Prime