Capturing Lee Miller (2020)


Vogue model, artist’s muse, fearless war photographer: Lee Miller had many lives. Built on images of Lee and by Lee, the documentary explores a pioneering female artist who broke taboos and defied expectations.

Originally known as Lee Miller – A Life on the Front Line.


Best known for her self-portrait in Hitler’s bath, Lee Miller’s life was as extraordinary as her photos. A Vogue model and artists’ muse, she bewitched men by her beauty, but easily held her own in the company of Man Ray and Pablo Picasso. She picked up a camera and became the only female combat photographer in Europe during WW2. Today, she is celebrated as one of the most important photographers of the 20th Century.

When Lee Miller returned to New York from Europe in October 1932, newspaper reporters were waiting to greet her as her ship docked. Disembarking in a smart beret and fur-collared coat, she smiled for the journalist from the New York World-Telegram. When he referred to her as ‘one of the most photographed girls in Manhattan’, she retorted, ‘I’d rather take a picture than be one.’

Lee Miller is one of the most remarkable female icons of the 20th century. A model turned photographer turned war reporter, Miller chose to live her life by her own rules.

This film celebrates a subject who defied anyone who tried to pin her down, put her on a pedestal or pigeonhole her in any way. It tells the story of a trailblazer, often at odds with the morality of the day, who refused to be subjugated by the dominant male figures around her.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Charlotte McCurry.
    • Frankie McCafferty.
  • Director(s):
    • Teresa Griffiths.
  • Producer(s):
    • Rachel Hooper.
    • Angus Macqueen.
  • Editor(s):
    • Claire Guillon.
  • Production:
    • Erica Starling Productions.
    • Ronachan Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC.
  • Release Date: 2020.
  • Running Time: 58 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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