The Oscar nominated director behind Harry and Meghan's Netflix series

Left-leaning Oscar nominated director behind Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series: Openly political filmmaker Liz Garbus has 25-year career working on projects about oppressed women, helmed Handmaids Tale finale – and is ‘long admired’ by Duchess of Sussex

  • Oscar nominated director Liz Garbus worked on pieces about oppressed women
  • The Duchess described Ms Garbus as a ‘director whose work I’ve long admired’
  • Ms Garbus was also due to work on Meghan’s series Pearl before it was scrapped

Liz Garbus, the Left-leaning Oscar nominated director behind Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series has had a 25-year career working on projects about oppressed women and is ‘long admired’ by Duchess of Sussex.

Ms Garbus is known for her critically acclaimed exposes and documenting the stories of ‘survivors’, and worked on the Handmaids Tale finale.

Raised in New York by a civil rights lawyer father, her career has spanned almost 25 years, covering documentaries, true crime and high-end drama.

Her notable titles include The Farm: Angola, USA; Bobby Fischer Against The World; Love; Marilyn; and The Fourth Estate.

The Duchess of Sussex previously suggested that the show’s direction was in the hands of left-leaning filmmaker Liz Garbus ‘even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it’.

She said: ‘It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it. But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.’

Liz Garbus, the Left-leaning Oscar nominated director behind Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series has had a 25-year career working on projects about oppressed women

The first three episodes of Harry & Meghan will be released by Netflix tomorrow

The Duchess of Sussex suggested that its direction was in the hands of left-leaning filmmaker Liz Garbus ‘even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it’

A cameraman films Harry and Meghan as they attend an engagement in New York ahead of their £88M tell-all docu-series

Ms Garbus, who was also due to work on the Duchess’ series Pearl before it was scrapped by Netflix, is a documentarian and filmmaker and also helmed the last season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2021. 

The TV drama is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, which became an instant feminist classic following the story of a woman named Offred, who is forced to live as ‘handmaid’ producing children against her will in a totalitarian North America.

Ms Garbus has been involved in a host of other TV and film projects about oppressed women, notably including Girlhood, which follows two female inmates – victims of horrific violence and tragedy – who are serving time in a juvenile detention centre.

She has also had control over a documentary about the life and legend of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone as well as a film called Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech.

Meanwhile the director’s Instagram page is openly political, with recent posts urging for women’s abortion rights and comments about ‘brilliant’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Ms Garbus, who was also due to work on the Duchess’ series Pearl before it was scrapped by Netflix. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess in a scene from the upcoming documentary

The director’s Instagram page is openly political, with recent posts urging for women’s abortion rights. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess in a scene from the upcoming documentary

A Netflix film crew follows Harry and Meghan at the Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands. The series will premiere tomorrow

Ms Garbus is also co-founder and co-director of New York City-based documentary film production company, Story Syndicate.

Her films have been nominated for multiple awards, including the 2002 Sundance Film Festival documentary Grand Jury Prize, a Directors Guild Of America award and several Emmys.

She was also twice nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary feature — first in 1999 for Farm: Angola, USA, and more recently in 2016 for What Happened, Miss Simone?, about the troubled life of jazz singer Nina Simone.

Ms Garbus also directed the series four finale of dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale, in which June, played by Elisabeth Moss, orchestrated the murder of her former abuser, Commander Fred Waterford.

‘It was especially important to hone in on that rage and the kinds of ways survivors can come face-to-face with their attackers,’ Ms Garbus said in an interview with the Shondaland production company.

‘How apologies can reignite the trauma in such a way that it becomes a redoubled sense of rage.’

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she spoke about how her work as a documentarian helped prepare her for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Harry and Meghan’s controversial fly-on-the-wall documentary series will premiere tomorrow on Netflix. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filmed hugging Team United Kingdom competitor Lisa Johnston at the Invictus Games athletics events in the Netherlands in April

Harry and Meghan had been working on the series as part of their rumoured $100 million (£88million) deal with the beleaguered streaming giant 

She said: ‘I’ve done a lot of work with survivors in my career, and I’ll Be Gone In The Dark obviously was a very recent experience for me.

‘The reactions of the survivors to the sentencing of the Golden State Killer were so interesting.

‘People talk about closure and justice and just how complicated that is for different people.’

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, which first aired in 2020, followed blogger Michelle McNamara as she investigated the Golden State Killer, a serial killer and rapist who terrorised residents across California in the ’70s and ’80s.

The Story Syndicate website describes Ms Garbus as ‘one of America’s most celebrated filmmakers, renowned for her documentary work and also for her breakthrough scripted feature and television debuts’.

It says: ‘She is known for her propulsive, socially incisive storytelling across genres.’

Volume one of her latest project, the six-part Harry and Meghan series, arrives on December 8, three months after the death of Harry’s grandmother, the Queen.

A second volume is due to be released on December 15.

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