Diana, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic of the late Diana, ex-wife of Britain’s Prince Charles, is due out at the end of September in the UK. Focusing on the end of Diana’s life, after she was divorced, Naomi Watts portrays the People’s Princess as she enjoys the company of her lovers, James Hewitt and Dodi Fayed. However, less well known are the details of her affair with Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews), a Pakistani heart surgeon, yet the film claims that it was Khan she felt the most affection for.

The film stops short of Diana’s final days, instead concentrating on the time she spent with Khan, looking at both the happier times and the problems of being one of Britain’s most famous faces.

The film’s likely to make for interesting viewing, but it’s by no means the first time a well-known political figure has had their life brought to the big screen. Here’s a selection of some of the top political biopics.

The Queen

Who else could play Britain’s much loved monarch but the equally adored Helen Mirren? In a performance that quite rightly won her numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress, Mirren played Her Royal Highness, The Queen as the Royal Family deals with the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

The film charts the contrast between the Royal Family’s opinion that Diana’s death is a private matter and should not be treated as a royal bereavement with the newly-elected Prime Minister Tony Blair and Diana’s former husband, Prince Charles, who both feel that there should be some formal expression of grief to coincide with the feelings of the mourning public. However, there are complications in the form of the media, royal protocol surrounding divorced spouses and general sentiments of Republicanism.

Even before the film was released, it was attracting high praise and Mirren was already the favourite for the Academy Award before the film was shown in theatres. When it was shown at the Venice Film Festival, she received a standing ovation that went on for five minutes and she was honoured with an invitation to dinner at Buckingham Palace, which Mirren regretfully had to decline due to filming commitments.

One of the best political biopics ever made, The Queen is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in the British monarchy.

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