Last year was marred by many unexpected celebrity deaths, but none was perhaps as shocking as Carrie Fisher’s death in the final week of 2016, followed only the next day by the death of her mother, Debbie Reynolds. To lose such well-known and loved celebrities in such a short span can be hard for many to process, but to lose as famed a mother and daughter as Debbie and Carrie left many in complete shock.
In their grief, fans have spent time rewatching their favorite films of each actress; from Debbie’s breakout role in Singin’ in the Rain to, of course, Carrie’s iconic portrayal of Princess/General Leia Organa across four Star Wars films (with Episode VIII on its way). Yet, while she first earned fame as an actress (and being the daughter of Hollywood royalty), Carrie would go on to much acclaim as a writer, publishing the semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge, which she adapted into a screenplay for a film of the same name, as well as a memoir, Wishful Drinking (which was later made into a live HBO special and is now available to stream).
At the heart of both Postcards From the Edge and Wishful Drinking is Carrie’s relationship with her mother, Debbie — a relationship which saw its ups and downs over the years, suffering fame and addiction, yet remained a loving and strong bond between mother and daughter. In Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, an upcoming HBO documentary announced prior to their deaths, that special bond is examined firsthand as the film follows Carrie and Debbie in their day to day life, living next door to one another in their Beverly Hills compound.
Originally intended to premiere in March, HBO chose to move up the release of Bright Lights to January 7 in response to their unexpected passings. There’s now a trailer for the film, which includes some really wonderful banter between mother and daughter, that you can watch above.
HBO has billed Brights Lights as a “story of the family’s complicated love“, “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity,” and already the trailer is delivering on that promise. Filmed across 2014 and 2015, the documentary highlights the period leading up to Debbie receiving her Screen Actor’s Guld Lifetime Achievement Award — an award presented to her by Carrie. In addition to the recently filmed footage, Bright Lights will also feature family films and archival footage in order to fully explore their complicated relationship with each other and with fame.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds airs Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8pm on HBO.