ISLAMABAD, Nov 19 (APP): National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will screen The Queen -a 2006 British drama film here on November 21 depicting the British Royal Family’s response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by Peter Morgan, and starred Helen Mirren in the title role of Queen Elizabeth II.In the film, the Royal Family regards Diana’s death as a private affair and thus not to be treated as an official Royal death. This is
in contrast with the views of Tony Blair and Diana’s ex-husband,
Prince Charles, who favor the general public’s desire for an
official expression of grief. Matters are further complicated by the
media, royal protocol regarding Diana’s official status, and wider
issues about Republicanism.
The film exceeded box-office expectations while Mirren won at
least 29 major awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.
The plot of the story focuses on the death of Diana, Princess of
Wales. In the 1997 general election, Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) becomes
Britain’s Labour prime minister. However, the Queen (Helen Mirren) is
wary of Blair and his pledge to modernise Britain, despite his promises
to respect the Royal Family. Three months later, Diana, Princess of
Wales dies in a car crash at the Alma Bridge tunnel in Paris. Blair’s
director of communications, Alastair Campbell (Mark Bazeley), prepares a
speech in which Diana is described as the people’s princess. The phrase
catches on and millions of people across London display an outpouring of
grief at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces.
The Mandwa film club of Lok Virsa was screening movies on every
weekend to provide healthy entertainment to the fun lovers of the twin
cities as well as revive the fading culture of classical cinema, said
an official of Lok Virsa.