Becoming Cary Grant
85/52 min | Mark Kidel | 2017
in coproduction with ARTE France
in association with ro*co films productions
in collaboration with
CINE+ (France), Foxtel Arts (Australia), Channel 8 (Israel), Czech Television (Czech Republic), Channel One (Russia), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), RTS (Switzerland), Planete+ (Poland), Sky ARTE HD (Italy), Sky Arts (New Zeaand)
and SHOWTIME DOCUMENTARY FILMS
With the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA Programm of the European Union, CNC, Procirep-Angoa
International sales: ARTE FRANCE
For the first time one of Hollywood’s greatest stars tells his own story, in his own words. From a childhood of poverty to global fame, Cary Grant, the ultimate self-made star, explores his own screen image and what it took to create it. In 1958, at the height of his success, Cary Grant is a troubled man and is one of the first to experiment with LSD, in an attempt of self-discovery. We travel back from that moment to his poverty-stricken childhood in Bristol; his apprenticeship as an acrobat and stage actor, and making 28 films before stardom. This key period leads to the birth of the alter-ego “Cary Grant” that finally made him a star. He remained all life long hugely popular but an almost completely unknowable man. His personal demons, anxieties and frailties were kept hidden.
Festival de Cannes 2017 – World Premiere (Cannes Classics), Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna 2017 - Italian Premiere, American Film Festival, Deauville 2017, Jerusalem Film Festival 2017, Taormina Film Fest 2017, Beirut International Film Festival 2017, DOCLisboa 2017, Bristol Cinema rediscovered 2017, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2017, Morelia Film Festival 2017, Gent Film Fest 2017, Viennale 2017 - Austrian premiere, Bath Film Festival 2017 et alli.
Nomination: TVFI Documentary Award 2019