A new documentary about one of the most iconic screen legends, Audrey Hepburn, is set to be released in November.
Produced by the masterminds behind the McQueen fashion documentary, Nick Taussig and Annabel Wigoder, the movie will chart Hepburn’s journey to becoming one of the most famous women of her generation, a fashion icon, close friend of Hubert de Givenchy, and Hollywood star.
It will also shine a spotlight on her life behind the lens, including never-before-seen archival footage of Hepburn’s life, featuring a series of interviews with those close to her. Her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer and her granddaughter Emma Ferrer, both participate in the project; as does Givenchy’s former Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller, and design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co, John Loring.
“The film provides intimate interviews with those who knew her best, woven around rare archival footage”, says film director Helena Coan, who has been fascinated by Audrey Hepburn for many years. “However, we have taken it one step further and worked with multi award-winning British choreographer, Wayne McGregor CBE, to create dance sequences inspired by Audrey’s love of ballet, building a beguiling and emotionally affecting portrait of Audrey”, she continues. “Dance magnifies Audrey’s emotional landscape and brings a heightened sense of drama and theatre to the film, as well as a rich visual language which has not yet been used in documentary”.
Who plays the part of dancing Audrey? There are three versions of the legend. Keira Moore will portray the 'Young Audrey', who dreamed of one day becoming a ballet dancer, and suffered from her parents’ early divorce and the Occupation years in Holland. While Royal Ballet principal dancer, Francesca Hayward plays ‘Hollywood era Audrey’ at the height of her fame, when she got her first Oscar at the age of 24. They are joined by the legendary ballet dancer Alessandra Ferri (she is one of 13 dancers ever to receive the title of “prima ballerina assoluta”), who incarnates 'Audrey in her later years', when she was focused on her humanitarian projects. The film will be released digitally and on DVD on November 30. Meanwhile, you can watch the trailer here.