Who is Liz Garbus, the Harry and Meghan director in charge of their Netflix docuseries?

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

After much speculation about the fate of Netflix’s “Harry & Meghan” docuseries, the first three episodes finally arrive on Thursday, offering a Watch the life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and, as the trailers suggest, find out why they stepped down from their royal duties.

But who tells his story? The six-episode docuseries is directed by Liz Garbus, an Emmy-winning and two-time Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker who has tackled topics ranging from disenfranchisement in the United States to the life of the singer. Jazz Nina Simone.

“It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story – a veteran director whose work I’ve admired for a long time – even if that means it might not be how we would have told it. “, Markle said of Garbus in a Variety interview. earlier this year. “But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re giving our story to someone else, and that means it’s going through its purpose.”

Liz Garbus will tell the story of the Duke and Duchess in six episodes. Credit: From Netflix

Garbus’ voice can be heard in the official ‘Harry & Meghan’ teaser asking the couple, “Why did you want to do this documentary?”

The Duke of Sussex replies: “No one sees what happens behind closed doors.”

High-impact documentaries

Garbus has long handled complicated stories, ranging from systemic injustices to the lives of troubled public figures.

Her first film, “The Farm: Angola, USA”, which she directed alongside Jonathan Stack and Wilbert Rideau in 1998, earned her her first Oscar nomination and an Emmy. The documentary followed the lives of several prisoners at the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary, dubbed Angola after the slave plantation that once occupied the site, and the deep racial divisions between inmates and the administration.

Since then, she’s produced a range of documentary work and sat in the director’s chair for the occasional scripted drama, including the Emmy-nominated season four finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Garbus with her husband Dan Cogan, with whom she co-founded the production company Story Syndicate.

Garbus with her husband Dan Cogan, with whom she co-founded the production company Story Syndicate. Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

In 2012, Garbus released “Love, Marilyn”, which featured A-Listers including Uma Thurman, Glenn Close and Viola Davis reading Marilyn Monroe’s memoir. His account of Simone’s life, “What happened, Miss Simone?” won him his second Oscar nomination. Since then, she has tackled American politics in “The Fourth Estate”, “All In: The Fight for Democracy” and “Mayor Pete”. She also directed the critically acclaimed docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” adapted from Michelle McNamara’s book about the true crime perpetrator’s personal and relentless hunt to uncover the identity of the Golden State. Killer. McNamara died before his eventual arrest and conviction.

Garbus and her husband, Oscar-winning producer Dan Cogan, co-founded a New York-based production company, Story Syndicate, in 2019. Recently, the Garbus executive produced the Netflix series “Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga”. Next, she directed two episodes of the Apple TV+ crime drama “City on Fire,” adapted from Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel about an NYU student filmed in Central Park.

Volumes one and two of “Harry & Meghan” are released on December 8 and December 15, respectively. Prince Harry will have more to share with the world after the series ends — his memoir “Spare” will be published in January.


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