Rather surprisingly director Helena Coan’s documentary on one of
Hollywood’s most iconic film stars focuses very little on her Hollywood
career, yes all her most famous films, My Fair lady, Roman Holiday etc. get
a mention but any reference is fleeting and on most occasions is limited to
short clips of Hepburn attending a premier or a photoshoot. Instead Audrey
skips past the Hollywood part that most of us will probably know and
focuses instead on her private life.
Told through voice overs by Hepburn herself and contributions from friends
and colleagues, including Sean Hepburn-Ferrer (Audrey’s son) Emma Ferrer
(Audrey’s granddaughter) Richard Dreyfuss (co-star) Clare Waight Keller
(former artistic director, Givenchy) John Loring (design director emeritus
of Tiffany & Co), Audrey is an eye-opening account of how, even with
the world at her feet, Hepburn was tortured for most of her life by
loneliness and insecurity, her father abandoned her when she was young, an
experience that left an emotional scar that she carried with her to the
Audrey’s certainly not perfect, Hepburn wanted most of all to be a ballet
dancer, and scenes of a dancing ballerina feel like they’ve been plucked
out of the air and placed at random points for no reason, the only purpose
they serve is make Audrey feel longer than it actually is.
If you’ve even a passing interest in one of Hollywood’s greatest ever stars
Audrey’s a moving and emotional account of how, on occasions, all the money
and fame in the world can’t buy happiness.