No Illusions : Lady Gaga to debut documentary at Toronto International Film Festival


There have been a lot of moments that have made the general population start to see Lady Gaga as more than a sometimes-tawdry pile of makeup and leather: Her Sound of Music medley at the Oscars, her American Horror Story Golden Globe win, and most recently, her tasteful all-American Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.

But upon announcing the release of her new documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, things are about to get a lot more real and stripped-down than ever before for the 31-year-old pop star.

Gaga announced on Twitter today that the documentary would be released on Netflix on September 22, a few weeks after she plays two nights at Fenway Park in Boston.

“I’m known for being larger than life, but I’m really just… #GagaFiveFootTwo” she tweeted this morning, followed by a few clips from the documentary and the promotional poster.

One of those clips shows some pretty powerful stuff.

“I’m alone Brandon, every night, and all these people will leave, right? They will leave,” she says tearfully in the first clip, which shows Gaga submerged in a dark swimming pool. “And then I’ll be alone. And I go from everyone touching me all day, and talking at me all day, to total silence.” The last video matches the grim mood, showing a very haggard Gaga in a hospital gown listening to her doctor talk about alleviating her chronic pain issues, something Gaga has written an open letter about in the past.

The 100-minute film will officially debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8. According to the festival’s website, recent collaborators Mark Ronson and Florence Welch make appearances in the documentary, and Gaga is also cited as a producer.

An excerpt from the site’s description of the film reads:

“Gaga 5’2″ is the closest, most intimate look yet inside the world of Stefani Joanne Germanotta. Director Chris Moukarbel follows the artist as she recovers from the mixed reviews that greeted her Artpop album and faces deadlines to deliver its 2016 follow-up, Joanne. Having just turned 30, she is in a reflective mood, looking back on her dazzling flurry of work and image shifts, and trying to find a new definition for herself. But the physical demands of constant performance and the self-imposed stress of hitting the highest standard night after night take their toll.”