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Sky Arts commissions Icon Films for Judy Garland doc

UK-based indie prodco Icon Films has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a documentary exploring the life of Hollywood icon Judy Garland. Commissioned as a one-hour documentary film for the Sky ...
July 12, 2018

UK-based indie prodco Icon Films has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a documentary exploring the life of Hollywood icon Judy Garland.

Commissioned as a one-hour documentary film for the Sky Arts ‘Passions’ strand, Judy Garland by Marc Almond is presented by British singer and performer Marc Almond who explores the life and work of Garland.

In the one-off documentary, Almond embarks on a journey to piece together the last days of the famed actress and singer. Filled with performances and references to Garland’s films and songs, Almond will reveal her London hangouts and spotlight what may be her best known film role, The Wizard of Oz.

Bill Hobbins commissioned the film for Sky Arts. Executive producer is Stephen McQuillan for Icon Films.

It is the second film Icon Films has produced for Sky Arts’ ‘Passions’ strand following last year’s Philip Larkin by Sir Andrew Motion which was shortlisted for a 2018 Broadcast Digital Award for Best Documentary Program.

In a separate commission, Icon Films is producing a follow-up film to its 2016 documentary Restless Legs: Can’t Stop Twitching (1 x 60 minutes) for Channel 5. The project will reveal the results of research carried on restless legs syndrome since the original film premiered.

The films are the latest recent documentary commissions for Icon Films, following The Lost Kingdom of the Yeti for Animal Planet, Hunting Evidence for Travel Channel and Animal Airport for More 4.

Photo: Eric Carpenter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer via Wikimedia Commons

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