Will Premiere on Thursday, June 10th at 5:00pm ET at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

LADY BOSS: THE JACKIE COLLINS STORY takes viewers on an immersive journey through the trailblazing life of Jackie Collins. Spinning together fact and fiction, this feature documentary tells the untold story of a ground-breaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire. Narrated by a cast of Collins’ closest friends and family, the film reveals the private struggles of a woman who became an icon of 1980s feminism whilst hiding her personal vulnerability behind a carefully crafted, powerful, public persona.

The documentary interweaves interviews with Collins, her family and friends, depictions of Collins’ most famous fictional character Lucky Santangelo, and audio-book recordings with an extensive, private and unseen archive that was gathered by Collins throughout her life. This collection of material was discovered by Collins’ daughters after she died and includes glorious home movie footage spanning the 1950s through to the 1990s, Collins’ handwritten private teenage diaries and unedited manuscripts of her unpublished autobiography.

Tracing the footprint of her story from its beginnings, the film spans Collins’ entire life, revealing how her childhood, a damaged relationship with her father and a lively sibling rivalry with her sister Joan, informed Collins’ particular brand of feminism and intense ambition. Ahead of her time, Collins’ first instinct for sexual freedom and empowerment was born from watching how her mother – a subservient 1950s housewife, was trapped at home. The film follows the journey of a writer whose private teenage diaries show an innate talent for observing the world around her as well as a burning desire to imagine a fantasy outcome for women that consistently turns the double standard on its head.

Director: Laura Fairrie
Producers: John Battsek, Lizzie Gillett
Executive Producers: Courtney Sexton, Amy Entelis, Mark Bell, Stuart Ford, Bonnie Voland, Andrew Ruhemann
Editor: Joe Carey
Cinematographer: Lynda Hall
Composer: Mat Davidson