The Real Winona Ryder

Premiered on Channel 4 in April 2003. Production associate, on-camera interview and research source.

The Real Winona Ryder

In 2002, Hollywood star Winona Ryder was convicted of shoplifting $6,000 worth of clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. More controversially, she was also found in possession of seven types of prescription painkiller, evidence of an addiction with which she had struggled for years.

Produced and directed by Russell Levin and Andrew Abbott, The Real Winona Ryder looks at Ryder’s life and career, from her upbringing with hippie-academic parents in the 70s, to her burgeoning career as teen icon and then acclaimed actress twice nominated for an Oscar, working with cinematic luminaries such as Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

It also examines her romantic associations with several of film and rock’s leading men. What could have driven Ryder to shoplift clothes she could easily have afforded to buy? What is the story behind the medication and her apparently ongoing problems with depression? And how will her career be affected by starring in the most talked-about court case since OJ Simpson?