The Queen
The Queen

The Queen

Director Stephen Frears

Production year 2006

Length 103min.

Country UK/France/Italy

SYNOPSIS

On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in an auto accident in Paris; despite the breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles, she was still one of the most famous and best-loved women in the world, and the public outpouring of emotion over her passing was immediate and intense. However, given the messy circumstances of Diana's breakup with Charles, official spokespeople for the Royal Family were uncertain about how to publicly address her passing. It didn't take long for the media to pick up on the hesitation of Buckingham Palace to pay homage to Diana, and many saw this as a sign of the cool emotional distance so often attributed to the royals, which in this case was widely seen as an insult against Diana and the many people who loved her. Prime Minister Tony Blair saw a potential public-relations disaster in the making, and took it upon himself to persuade Queen Elizabeth II to make a statement in tribute to the fallen Diana — an action that went against the taciturn queen's usual nature.

Awards

Best Actress, Best Screenplay, FIPRESCI Prize | Venice IFF, Italy, 2006

Satellite Awards, Best Actress-Drama, Best Original Screenplay | International Press Academy, USA, 2006

Oscar, Best Actress in a Leading Role | Academy Award, USA, 2007

Golden Globe, Best Actress, Best Screenplay | Hollywood Foreign Press Association, USA, 2007

Best Actress in a Leading Role | BAFTA Awards, UK, 2007

Best Actress, Best Composer | European Film Academy Awards, , 2007

est European Film | Goya Awards, Spain, 2007

Best Actress, Best Screenplay | National Society of Film Critics Award, USA, 2007

Best Actress | Screen Actors Guild, USA, 2007

CAST & CREW

Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears

Director

Producer

Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward

Script

Peter Morgan

Director of Photography

Affonso Beato

Production designer

lan MacDonald

Music by

Alexandre Desplat

Sound

Peter Lindsay

Edit

Lucia Zucchetti

Cast

Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Tim McMullan, Robin Soans

Production company

Pathé Pictures International, Granada Film Production, Future Films, Scott Rudin Productions

Stephen Frears

Born 1941, Leicester, UK. Frears studied law at Cambridge University before turning to the arts. He became involved with London’s Royal Court Theatre, where he served as an assistant to director Lindsay Anderson and to actor Albert Finney. He started his career in the film industry as an assistant director to Karel Reisz, with whom he worked from 1966 until 1972. In 1971, Frears made his directorial debut with Gumshoe. Frears helmed a few made-for-television films and, in 1985, he had his breakthrough directing My Beautiful Laundrette, - written for the screen by Hanif Kureshi. Frears and Kureshi again collaborated on Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), a film about the faltering relationship between a London couple. Frears’ next three films proved to be some of the most successful in his career. The first, Prick up Your Ears (1987), was a biographical drama about the celebrated and controversial English playwright Joe Orton. A year later, a Best Director BAFTA nomination and a number of international honors greeted Frears for Dangerous Liaisons his adaptation of Choderlos de Laclo, with John Malkovich and Glenn Close. Frears gained more international acclaim and a Best Director Oscar nomination in 1990 for The Grifters. In 2002, Frears made one of his very best films, Dirty Pretty Things, a biting yet hopeful drama-thriller about illegal aliens working, living, and surviving in London. The film Queen in 2006 to 2007 presented in dozens of film festivals. Helen Mirren, portraying Elizabeth II, won over 30 major awards for best actress. In 2009, Frears started filming Chéri drama (based on the novel Cheri by French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette). The following year his another film (Tamara Drewe) was released, premiered at the 2010 Cannes IFF.A new drama by him, Philomena, is expected in 2014.


Filmography

The Burning (1968), Gumshoe (1971), Bloody Kids (1979), The Hit (1984), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987, Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Grifters (1990), Hero (1992), Mary Reilly (1996), The Van (1996), The Hi-Lo Country (1998), High Fidelity (2000), Liam (2000), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), The Queen (2006), Chéri (2009), Tamara Drewe (2010), Lay the Favorite (2012).

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