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Thursday 5 January 2017

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: 'Bright Lights' VIDEO

This doco trailer is so incredibly moving. It shows the relationship between Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds... who died one day apart late last year.

The doco - 'Bright Lights' was produced by HBO - and is set for early release in the US (Australian release date TBC, but it will screen on Foxtel) on the HBO network. Here is an excellent insight into it:

The film, which actually screened at festivals in Cannes and New York this year, and was reportedly Fisher's idea, who wanted to document Reynolds' final live performances in Las Vegas two years ago, aged 82. (all photos: Popsugar)

And now, it has become the world's most anticipated documentary - it was largely shot in 2015 by filmmaking couple Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom.

At the time, Carrie was reportedly struggling with the mental illness she was so open about in her writing, and was concerned about her mother's declining health – and whether she'd be able to collect her lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"The axis on which the film turned was their relationship and their love, even though show biz warps the best of people and warps the best of relationships and I'm sure to some degree they would agree it's warped their family. But at the centre of it is love, and that's sort of undiminished," Bloom told the Los Angeles Times.

"It's a love story," HBO Documentary Films' president Sheila Nevins told Variety last week about the film.

"It's life with Carrie and Debbie. It's about both of them trying to stand upright, both having their frailties – age on the one hand and mental illness on the other. It's a love story about a mother and daughter – they happen to be Carrie and Debbie," said Sheila.

That says it all really. If you have or have had a very close relationship with your mother, this will be essential, heartbreaking, emotional, inspiring, funny viewing.

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