The film includes previously unreleased archival film and photos, as well as interviews with people who knew Child. It also uses excerpts from Child’s diary as well as that of her husband, Paul Child. Those interviewed for the documentary include José Andrés, Ina Garten, Phila Cousins, Charlie Gibson, Jacques Pépin, Cecile Richards and Marcus Samuelsson, as well as members of Child’s family like her niece, Phila Cousins, and her grand-nephew, journalist Alex Prud’homme.
“As a cookbook author and television chef, Julia had a profound impact on the way Americans think about food, about television, and about the possibilities for women,” Cohen and West said in a news release.
Julia is produced by Holly Siegel and Imagine Documentaries’ Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein, and is executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Rosenberg, as well as Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films, Oren Jacoby of Storyville Films, Alex Prud’homme and Bob Spitz. The film was produced with the full cooperation of Child’s friends, family, and the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, of which Cousins and Prud’homme are trustees.
First announced in 2019, the doc premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival ahead of a theatrical run by Sony Pictures Classics.