That Click (2019)

  • 1h 30m
  • Luca Severi
  • United States
  • 2019

Wed 17 Jun, 11am - followed by Q+A on the DOC EDGE Facebook page
Fri 19 Jun, 9pm
Wed 1 Jul, 1pm


“The best art of all comes from people who are willing to be present, willing to give their best – and aren’t full of shit.”
– Sharon Stone

Now in his late 80s, photographer Douglas Kirkland’s Hollywood career has been long and illustrious. And, in a town not known for longevity of relationships, Douglas’ life and working partnership with wife Françoise has also endured.

Early in his working life, he captured iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, after suggesting to her that she seduce the camera rather than the photographer.

Although Douglas’ vast Hollywood portfolio – some of which is exhibited at the Association of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – contains a good number of leading men, it’s the portraits of actresses for which he’s best-known. From Monroe, through Life cover shots of Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor to more recent sirens, Douglas’ images have been an integral part of movie promotion for over half a century.

“His camera portrayed
sixty years of pop culture.”

Director Luca Severi’s film benefits from some of that falling stardust.

Kirkland’s good relations with his subjects delivers a considerable amount of Hollywood acting power to That Click. Among those making appearances in Luca’s film are Elle Fanning, Andy Garcia, Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Michelle Williams, director Baz Luhrmann, as well as legendary musician and producer Herbie Hancock.

Many years after that first click became the soundtrack of his life, Douglas has completed over 2,000 assignments, 600 celebrity photo-shoots, and 150 feature films, including The Sound of Music, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Out of Africa and James Cameron’s Titanic. Read Steve Newall’s picks for the best dozen Doc Edge 2020 films on

Listen to That Click director Luca Severi discussing the work of Douglas Kirkland on RNZ’s Standing Room Only

Read Stuff’s top 10 films to stream in our online festival here.

Previous festival selections include:
Festa Del Cinema di Roma
Santa Barbara IFF


Luca Severi



Bonus Content

30 mins
Phoebe Fletcher interviews Luca Severi & Giovanni LaBadessa

Phoebe Fletcher interviews Luca Severi&Giovanni LaBadessa

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