Podcast: Judy + Joker | feat. Rufus Sewell
Judy Garland became one of the undisputed icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But behind that success was a darker tale, one of innocence exploited. In Rupert Goold’s new biopic, Renée Zellwegger plays Judy in the twilight of her career. Battered but not beaten, financial ruin forces Garland to return to the stage. Setting ‘60s London alight, she reconnects with her love of performance, but old demons resurface.
Drawing upon the work of Martin Scorsese – especially The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver – director Todd Philips has delivered a new standalone origin story for the clown with the cracked smile. Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a clown-for-hire by day, who spends nights as a struggling stand up comic. But when he is pushed too far, Joker is ready to regurgitate Gotham City’s hate.
Discussing the films this week are Jake Cunningham, Ella Kemp and Sam Howlett.
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@alasdairbayman - Alasdair
Produced by Jake Cunningham
Edited by Mark Towers
Judy plays in our cinemas from Friday 4 October