Director and producer Susan Lacy turns the lens on Oscar-winning actor Jane Fonda in an upcoming documentary airing on HBO Documentary Films.
Jane Fonda In Five Acts will provide an intimate look at the 80-year old Fonda, whose life has been marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation. The film gets to the heart of this multifaceted individual, from being vilified as “Hanoi Jane” during the Vietnam War, to an activist during the women’s movement, to her personal struggles.
Produced by Lacy’s New York-based Pentimento Productions, the documentary draws on 21 hours of interviews with Fonda, who speaks openly about her life. She discusses the pain of her mother’s suicide; her father’s emotional unavailability; her battle with a decades-long eating disorder, and three marriages to prominent men.
The first four acts of Fonda’s life are named after the four men who shared and influenced her personal and professional goals. The fifth act is named after Fonda herself, as she finally confronts her demons, reconnects with her family and resumes a successful career as both an actress and an activist on her own terms.
Jane Fonda in Five Acts also includes interviews with family and friends, home movies and verité footage of the actor’s active life that she describes as, “the beginning of my last act.” Those featured in the documentary include actor/director Robert Redford, comedian and actor Lily Tomlin, producer Paula Weinstein, and former spouses Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, among others.
The documentary is produced and directed by Susan Lacy, with Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin as producers.
Jane Fonda In Five Acts debuts Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The documentary will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO on Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.