Producer-distributor Fremantle has secured the exclusive global option rights to produce a new documentary about the life, career and cultural impact of Italian actress, recording artist and model Raffaella Carrà.
The project will cover the life of one of Italy’s most inspirational women, who passed away earlier this year at age 78.
The documentary will chart Carrà’s humble beginnings through her rise to becoming the “lady of Italian television.” Carrà’s career spanned seven decades and saw her become a symbol of liberation and women’s rights. From co-starring with Frank Sinatra to causing a scandal in 1970 by becoming the first woman to show her belly button on Italian TV, to her music career and emergence as an LGBTQ+ icon, Carrà became a cultural icon in Italy.
The untitled documentary is being spearheaded at Fremantle by Andrea Scrosati, group COO and CEO for continental Europe; Gabriele Immirzi, Fremantle’s CEO of Italy; Nathalie García, Fremantle’s CEO of Spain; Mandy Chang, global head of documentaries; and Alessandro De Rita, Italian head of documentaries. The documentary will also be supported in Spain by Fernando Jerez, managing director for Fremantle’s En Cero Coma Producciones production arm.
The announcement of the Raffaella Carrà project is Fremantle’s latest move to expand its high-end documentary slate, following the Planet Sex docuseries hosted and co-created by Cara Delevingne and the climate research doc Arctic Drift.