Directed by 28-year-old London-based director Helena Coan and from the multi award-winning producers of McQueen and Churchill , the new documentary will venture into the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star’s life from early childhood, through growing up in the Netherlands to conquering Hollywood and working with UNICEF.
The life of fashion icon and actress Audrey Hepburn is being revisited once more for an upcoming documentary entitled Audrey.
Audrey will be an intimate look at the hardship the star faced, using exclusive never-before-seen footage from her family’s personal collection, as well as contributions from her family and colleagues, including her son Sean Hepburn-Ferrer and granddaughter Emma Ferrer.
The official synopsis for the documentary reads: “Audrey Hepburn won her first Academy Award at the age of 24 and went on to become one of the world’s greatest cultural icons…
But who was the real Audrey Hepburn? Malnourished as a child, abandoned by her father and growing up under Nazi occupation in Holland, Hepburn faced a life-long battle with the traumas of her past, which thwarted her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, and cast a shadow over her personal life. Yet she found inner peace using her superstardom for good as a global ambassador for UNICEF and bringing her life full circle; first a victim of war, then a source of relief to millions.”
Helena Coan took three years to research Hepburn, and told the Observer how she wanted to portray the true woman underneath the glitz and glam.
“She’s seen as this paragon of perfection and beauty, but the film was about showing the person underneath that,” Coan said. “She suffered massively with insecurities about her looks and with men, and to hear her link them to her relationship with her father and her deep abandonment issues, to hear those intimate details was so strange. It was such a twist for someone who had always been so private.”
Audrey is available to download on all major digital platforms from 30th November.