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The film screened at the New York Film Festival in August before landing on the premium cable network. Sheila Nevins, president of HBO’s Documentary Films, called it “a love story” during an interview with Variety. “Carrie wanted to make Bright Lights for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie,” she said.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds focuses on the loving and complicated bond between these two women formed over more than six decades in the Hollywood spotlight.
“Both were supremely kind human beings, and unusually perceptive,” Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, who co-directed Bright Lights, said in a statement on their deaths. “And when either one entered a room, the energy changed. Quite simply, we were iron filings to their magnets. And never more so than when they were together. These women were more than mother and daughter, they were an expression of exquisite humanity in all its travail and triumph. They lived their days boldly. They sang every song worth singing (often together). Carrie and Debbie loved each other profoundly. We are devastated they’re gone. And so very fortunate to have known them at all.”
The film was originally set to premiere in March 2017, but was moved to Jan. 7 in light of recent events.
Watch a clip from the film below.
An encore presentation of Fisher’s 2010 documentary, Wishful Drinking, is set to air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Jan. 1 on HBO.