Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Bright Lights
Directed by
Produced by
  • Alexis Bloom
  • Todd Fisher
  • Julie Nives
Music by Will Bates
Edited by
  • Penelope Falk
  • Sheila Shiraz
Distributed by HBO
Release date
  • May 14, 2016 (2016-05-14) ( Cannes)
  • January 7, 2017 (2017-01-07) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (on-screen title is simply Bright Lights) is a 2016 documentary about the relationship between entertainer Debbie Reynolds (in her final film appearance) and her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher. [1] It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and on January 7, 2017 on HBO. [2] [3]

A few weeks before the film's premiere broadcast, both Fisher and Reynolds died. On December 23, Fisher went into cardiac arrest and succumbed four days later, while Reynolds had a severe stroke from which she died on the following day, December 28. [4]


Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens directed the film, while Brett Ratner and Sheila Nevins served as executive producers on the film under their RatPac Documentary Films and HBO Documentary Films banner. [5] According to USA Today the film is "an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty ... [it] loosely chronicles their lives through interviews, photos, footage and vintage home movies... It culminates in a moving scene, just as Reynolds is preparing to receive the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which Fisher presented to her mother." [6]