Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Judy celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: The Invisible Pain
To follow World Mental Health Day, we will be screening a short documentary called The Invisible Pain, which tells the story of local man Jonathan Hayward’s journey to understand his upbringing in Manchester, his family background and his experience of mental illness.
The Invisible Pain explores Jonathan’s memories of childhood, interspersed with home video footage of an apparently happy childhood from Inner City Manchester before the family moved to a nearby town. Here, the troubles within the family and with his adoptive father came to the fore during Jonathan’s late childhood and his teens, eventually leading to major and chronic depression, and the diagnosis of personality disorders.
The Invisible Pain will screen ahead of selected screenings of Judy on 11, 13 and 15 Oct.