Mel Brooks: Make A Noise - premieres 8pm, Sunday 23 August
Robert Trachtenberg’s film profiles a giant of American comedy who has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer in a show business career spanning 60 years.
Mel Brooks has previously avoided documentary profiles, but agreed to participate in this project, offering exclusive interviews and complete access to his film and photo archives. The film journeys through Brooks’s early years in the creative beginnings of live television with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows to the film genres he so successfully satirised in such classics as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety and Spaceballs. His first film, The Producers, later became a hugely successful Broadway musical, picking up an unprecedented 12 Tony awards. The documentary also delves into his professional and personal ups and downs, including his childhood, his first wife, and his subsequent 41-year marriage to Anne Bancroft. Contributors include Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, and his close friend Carl Reiner, with whom he created The 2000 Year Old Man more than 50 years ago. This is an affectionate portrait of a brilliant and original talent who has left an indelible mark on popular culture.