Documentary - Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies


Central City Media has announced that Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies will be available to rent and buy on Digital Download from 26th April. Watch the trailer...


Press Release

Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies is the story of the Alan Ladd Jr. the Oscar-winning producer and his daughter’s journey to get to know her father not just as “Dad”, but the way his collaborators do - as a doyen of modern American cinema.

Through interviews with George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Affleck, Ron Howard, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Richard Donner, and more, Amanda Ladd-Jones endeavours to better understand her father, Alan Ladd, Jr.

Known to all as Laddie, he is the understated studio chief and Oscar-winning producer behind such films as Star Wars, Alien, Blade Runner, Chariots Of Fire, Police Academy, Braveheart, The Omen, Thelma and Louise, Young Frankenstein and Gone Baby Gone, whose intelligence, kindness, and unflagging faith in the people he hired turned him into one of the most successful movie moguls in Hollywood history.

Commenting on the title, Sophie Wong, Managing Director of Central City Media, said, "We are delighted to be releasing Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies to UK and Ireland audiences. The film makes a compelling watch on how Alan Ladd Jr ‘Laddie' greenlit many films where some have become great classic movies of all time."



About Amanda Ladd-Jones - Director/Producer

Amanda Ladd-Jones is Alan Ladd, Jr.’s youngest daughter from his first marriage. She was born in London, six weeks before her father - Laddie, as he’s known to his friends - moved the entire family back to L.A. to begin his famously successful stint at 20th Century Fox.

Amanda’s film education began at a very young age, seated on the floor of her father’s screening room while he ran movies for Hollywood’s most accomplished filmmakers. Between that, visits to her dad’s office, and time spent on his movie sets, Amanda gained an insight into filmmaking to rival the best film schools.

After graduating high school in Los Angeles, Amanda moved to New York where she attended college and worked as a freelance film and television production accountant. In between jobs, Amanda pursued her passion for storytelling by writing screenplays.

Eventually, Amanda’s screenwriting led her back to Los Angeles where she graduated from UCLA’s accredited screenwriting program and went on to write several optioned scripts.

With Laddie, Amanda set out to tell her most personal story of all - the story of her father, the quiet everyman behind STAR WARS and some of the most iconic films of the last 50 years.

Amanda lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their many pets, and their daughter—the inspiration for Laddie.

Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies will available to rent and buy from 26th April on Sky Store, iTunes/ Apple, YouTube, Google Play and Rakuten