Once Upon a Time… The Queen
A movie by David Thompson and Serge July
Released in 2006, “The Queen”, by the British director Stephen Frears, depicts the short but yet intense conflict which opposed in 1997 the Prime Minister Tony Blair to Elizabeth II after the death of Princess Diana. The documentary “Once upon a time… The Queen” shows the daring of that movie. By picking a topic like the alive royal family, Stephen Frears breaks a taboo of the british cinema and reveals a deeply human Queen. By lacing freedom of speech and precision of a documentary, he shows brilliantly how fiction can serve the historical truth.