Film Review: Judy (2019)

Renée Zellweger is sensational in Judy, a deeply moving account of Judy Garland’s final months in London directed by Rupert Goold

“I just want what everybody wants. I seem to have a harder time getting it.”

As if there were any doubt, Judy is a phenomenal success, and should see its star Renée Zellweger add to her tally of Academy Award nominations, if not the award itself. Loosely based on Peter Quilter’s play End of the Rainbow, it recalls the final year of Judy Garland’s life as a roll of the dice sees her decamp to London to perform in a series of concerts that she hoped would reignite interest in her career whose light was seriously fading in the US.

But years of substance abuse and the relentless ride of showbusiness have taken a serious toll, even just turning up on time proves a struggle (hard relate!) and that iconic voice can no longer be relied upon. Thus Tom Edge’s screenplay takes a slightly more realism-based approach than the play to show us the riskiness that accompanied Judy’s every step towards a stage and the slow, crushing realisation of what her life has amounted to. Continue reading “Film Review: Judy (2019)”

Theatre World Awards 2011-2012

Tracie Bennett – End of the Rainbow
Phillip Boykin – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Crystal A. Dickinson – Clybourne Park
Russell Harvard – Tribes
Jeremy Jordan – Bonnie & Clyde
Joaquina Kalukango – Hurt Village
Jennifer Lim – Chinglish
Jessie Mueller – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Hettienne Park – Seminar and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
Chris Perfetti – Sons of the Prophet
Finn Wittrock – Death of a Salesman
Josh Young – Jesus Christ Superstar

Dorothy Loudon Starbaby Award: Susan Pourfar – Tribes