Fremantle to distribute "Brigitte Bardot" documentary

The 90-minute film from Featuristic Films and Timpelpictures is set to premiere on TF1 in France later this year.

18 MAY 2023

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Fremantle has acquired the global distribution rights for Bardot, a documentary feature about the iconic international actress Brigitte Bardot. “Not only does this documentary look at the cinematic journey of Brigitte Bardot but it also delves into her fascinating personal life whilst allowing us to hear her present reflections on poignant, sometimes controversial moments in her life," Céire Clark, Senior Acquisitions Manager, International at Fremantle said. "It’s a privilege for Fremantle to be able to share this exclusive access to Bardot with a global audience.”

The 90-minute film from Featuristic Films and Timpelpictures reveals never before seen archive footage and exclusive interviews, is set to premiere on TF1 in France later this year. The feature documentary will include interviews from those whose lives and careers were impacted by Bardot such as Pamela Anderson, Paul Watson, Claude Lelouch, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, and Jean-Max Rivière. “Bardot is an important milestone in solidifying Featuristic Films’ slate of international high-end feature documentaries with unique access," Julien Loeffler, Managing Partner, Producer at Featuristic Films said. "We are excited to be partnering up with distribution powerhouse Fremantle to bring this exciting title to audiences worldwide”

Bardot is directed by Alain Berliner and is a co-production between TimpelPictures, based in Paris and led by Nicolas Bary and Featuristic Films, a London-based entertainment company led by Julien Loeffler, James Kermack and James Barton-Steel. Fremantle are handling the global distribution for the feature documentary.

Brigitte Bardot was one of the first French movie stars to attain worldwide fame. She lived a life under the spotlight, exposed, dissected, thrown from success to scandal until she almost completely disappeared. Seen in the present day as an enigma, Bardot, who celebrates her 90th birthday in 2024, shares her current outlook on life, being ahead of her time on women’s rights, sexual freedom, her passion for animal welfare, risking her reputation by speaking out and more. The documentary offers an intimate look at the life of the international icon.

“Our ambition is to bring a fresh point of view to Brigitte Bardot, underlying the many contrasts of her life, questioning both the fascination and repulsion she has generated in audiences over the years," Nicolas Bary, Producer and Co-author,  TimpelPictures (Paris, France) said. "With her exclusive interview we will bring intimacy and emotion to her intense biography. The film will have a classically cinematic and yet modern texture, mixing and layering different techniques including interview, animation, archives, and dramatic reconstructions that blend Brigitte's dreams with her reality. We are also presenting new recordings of her iconic song titles by Arthur H, Camille, Shelah Sue, Ibrahim Maalouf.”