8 items from 2011
Just fresh from acting school, Welsh actress Alexandra Roach has already played one of the most charismatic and controversial characters in recent British politics. With Oscar-winner Meryl Streep playing the more mature version, Roach plays the young Margaret Thatcher between the ages of 16 to 33 in Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady.”
Ahead of the U.K. premiere next year, »
- Javier Espinoza
British politics seem to be, as a rule, controversial. As one of the most polarizing figures of the late 20th century, Margaret Thatcher is certainly no exception. As an American, I'm unsurprisingly (and unfortunately) ignorant of a lot of Britain's more recent history, so I can't really easily determine whether any of the content contained in The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher, out on DVD and Blu-ray from BBC Video October 18, is actually factual. I can, however, assure you that all three films included in the set are quite entertaining.
The three made-for-television films are entirely separate affairs. But while Thatcher is portrayed by different actresses in each of the three movies, they form an arc, beginning with her rise to power in the first film, and ending with her 'downfall' in the third. It feels like an epic saga, and in some ways, it is.
The first film included in the set, »
- Sam McPherson
The old cliché, you either love or hate someone, there’s no in between, certainly can’t be applied to Margaret Thatcher. People loved her, people hated her, people feared her, but people also respected her. Polarizing, loathed, misunderstood, beloved, controversial, a natural leader, Margaret Thatcher was a force to be reckoned with long before becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher examines “The Iron Lady” in three separate BBC productions that chronicles three pivotal moments in the political life of Thatcher. From her days as a young political upstart in The Long Walk to Finchley starring Andrea Riseborough; at the height of her power during one of the most tumultuous times in Britain’s history, The Falklands Play starring Patricia Hodge; and her downfall when it was obvious to all but Thatcher that her political career was over in Margaret, starring Lindsay Duncan. »
- Rob Perez
Gain insight into the life of controversial and inspiring woman who led the United Kingdom for more than ten years thanks to the BBC release The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher . now on DVD. Featuring three outstanding productions - The Long Walk to Finchley, The Falkland.s Play and Margaret - on two discs, this fascinating collection follows the political career of the former Prime Minister. Andrea Riseborough (Made in Dagenham, Happy Go Lucky), Patricia Hodge (The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, Miranda) and Lindsay Duncan (Doctor Who, Rome) respectively tackle the role of the Iron Lady in these films. The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher is described as a must-own DVD set for all history buffs »
- Patrick Luce
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Pathé International all U.S. distribution rights to The Iron Lady, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and starring Academy Award winner Meryl Streep (The Hours, Julie & Julia) as Margaret Thatcher. Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (the Harry Potter series, Iris) co-stars as Thatcher's husband, Denis. The film marks the second collaboration between Lloyd and Streep, following the acclaimed hit musical Mamma Mia!. The Iron Lady is written by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (Brick Lane, White Girl) and produced by Damian Jones (The History Boys, Millions). The announcement was jointly made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and François Ivernel, Evp, Pathé.
TWC will partner on the acquisition with Ron Burkle, in the third joint acquisition of 2011, following Our Idiot Brother and The Details.
The Us Theatrical release for The Iron Lady is planned for 2011.
Said Weinstein, "Having worked »
It’s been a while since we had a chat about this project, but I’m quite sure you remember that photo of legendary Meryl Streep as Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming Phyllida Lloyd‘s biopic titled The Iron Lady.
Today, we’re here to refresh your memory, by giving you another fresh image from this project, and we’re sure you’re going to love it.
Based on a script by Abi Morgan, The Iron Lady is the story of a woman who came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world. It is a film about power and the price that is paid for power, a story that is both unique and universal.
From girlish flirt to monstrous sociopath, the former Pm has been variously interpreted on screen
"I don't really see her as a villain," says Meryl Streep. "People are driven by what they think is right [and] certainty is just so attractive in people … It's so nice not to have to listen … Unfortunately, it leads to fanaticism." Streep, I should point out, is not talking about her forthcoming performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Phyllida Lloyd's portrait of the former Pm in the run-up to the Falklands war. She is in fact discussing Eleanor Shaw, the fearsome politician, mother and all-round nut-job she played in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Even so, you could do worse than check out this interview for an inkling of how she may approach her latest role. "There were," she says, "very specific public personalities that I was inspired by in creating this character. »
- Ben Walters
Director: Jesse Peretz
Summary: Ned is a well-meaning idealist just released from prison for dealing cannabis. In succession, he disrupts the lives and homes of his three sisters: a career-driven journalist about to get her big break; a bisexual hipster whose lies are disrupting her relationship; and a married mother who hasn't noticed that her marriage is falling apart.
Analysis: Scoring a good response over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, this broad light comedy with a sweet heart charmed the pants off The Weinstein Company to the tune of around $6 million for distribution rights. That covers most of its sub-$10 million budget, a number that it could potentially outgross by several factors if the good-natured tone hinted at in the reviews were correct. If anything, the few negatives tended to be because this »
- Garth Franklin
8 items from 2011
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