Hearts ready, tissues out.
HBO’s documentary film featuring the late “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher and her recently deceased mother, Hollywood gem Debbie Reynolds, is ready to make its Malaysian debut.
The documentary was originally set to premiere on HBO in March, but in light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds” will debut same time as the US on Sunday, 8th January at 9am, with a same day primetime encore at 9pm, exclusively on HBO (Astro Ch 411 / 431).
The story of a family’s complicated love and a mother-daughter bond forged over 6 decades, the documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll.
As always, Carrie Fisher’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending.
President of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins called it a “love story” between the 2 women. “Carrie wanted to make Bright Lights for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie,” Variety quoted Sheila Nevins as saying.
“If this was a Hollywood script, no one would believe it. They just loved each other so much. The bond was just unbreakable,” Sheila added.
“Mother and I live next door to each other,” Carrie Fisher can be heard saying at the beginning of the bittersweet trailer. The almost 2-minute long clip features cheerful, piano background music and archival footage as well as snippets of home movies with focus on the inseparable mother-daughter pair. Much of the recent footage for the documentary was shot about a year ago. “I’m my mom’s best friend. Far more than I would ever want to, I know what my mother feels and wants,” Carrie Fisher says at the end.
Oh such mother-daughter love. What a bond. Watch it below, though you may have to blink away a tear or two:
“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds” has already received audience and critical acclaim at many prestigious film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.
The documentary will also be available via Astro On The Go.
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