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The Making of 'The Queen' (2007)



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Complete credited cast:
Stephen Frears ... Himself - Director
Helen Mirren ... Herself / Queen Elizabeth II
Peter Morgan ... Himself - Screenwriter
Michael Sheen ... Himself / Tony Blair
Andy Harries Andy Harries ... Himself - Producer
James Cromwell ... Himself / Prince Philip
Alex Jennings ... Himself / Prince Charles
Sylvia Syms ... Herself / Queen Mother
Alan Macdonald Alan Macdonald ... Himself - Production Designer (as Alan MacDonald)
Consolata Boyle ... Herself - Costume Designer
Roger Allam ... Robin Janvrin


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14 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Reasonably interesting promo piece but not anything more than that
12 July 2007 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Having enjoyed the exploration of the week of Diana's death in The Queen I was looking to the Making Of documentary to provide more value to the film. Broken into several chapters, this short documentary looks at the challenges facing the actors playing real people in real events, the look of the film and the reality of the week itself. However I must confess that the film did not really live up to the potential within the subject.

The access to the cast is good although really they don't have a huge amount to say once they get through the discussions over avoiding impersonations and such. The overview of the design of the film sits uncomfortably with the other topics although it is vaguely interesting for what it is. The cast and crew views back on the week were OK but the film itself does it much better and it did feel rather redundant. What was really missing was discussion over the writing process. I'm not sure how close to reality it was or if Morgan was working from a position of knowledge or not and I actually had hoped that the documentary would focus on this; quite why it was deemed that the viewer would be more interested in the set design and locations than where the insightful and smart script actually came from.

Overall then it is an OK documentary but it never pushes the boat out far enough to risk the viewer forgetting that they are watching a DVD promo.

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