Battersea Bardot explores the life of 1960s London film star Carol White (Cathy Come Home, Poor Cow).
Born during WW2 to a working-class family, Carol defied the odds to become a major film and television star at the heart of Swinging London, and in doing so exemplified the social mobility that defined the era, particularly in the entertainment industry. Working with talents as diverse as Ken Loach, Peter Sellers, Michael Winner, Oliver Reed, John Barry, Orson Welles, Dean Martin and John Gielgud, for a short time Carol's star burned bright. But behind the glittering facade there lay a dark and troubling life beset with demons. Cast off by the industry that had made her a star, Carol became lost in a Hollywood nightmare and died, aged just 48.
Battersea Bardot was presented, in association with the British Film Institute, at the BFI Southbank in November 2019, the first live musical ever to be staged at this renowned centre of British cinema. Carol was performed by Lizzii Hills and the production was directed by Ralph Bogard.
Listen here to recordings of five songs from Battersea Bardot, as performed by Lizzii Hills.