New documentary ‘The Princess’ immerses viewers in Diana’s story


Oscar-nominated director Ed Perkins flipped through hundreds of hours of footage of Princess Diana in search of moments he hoped would offer a new perspective on her life and public image 25 years after her death.

His new film “The Princess” is based entirely on archival video to follow Diana’s life from a timid teenager to her death on August 31, 1997, aged 36, and the unprecedented grief scenes that followed.

By avoiding interviews and retrospective analysis traditionally used as the narrative tool in documentaries, Perkins said he hoped to explore the complicated relationship between Diana, the media, and the public and elicit an emotional response from the audience.

His new film “The Princess” is based entirely on archival video to follow Diana’s life from a timid teenager to her death on August 31, 1997, aged 36, and the unprecedented grief scenes that followed.

By avoiding interviews and retrospective analysis traditionally used as the narrative tool in documentaries, Perkins said he hoped to explore the complicated relationship between Diana, the media, and the public and elicit an emotional response from the audience.

“Our hope was to use the archive as a sort of time machine to take the audience back to our collective past and let them relive the story,” he told Reuters.

Perkins, who was 11 when Diana died and remembers the confusion he felt over the outpouring of emotions, said he hoped his style of filmmaking would encourage audiences to re-analyze their own relationship with the princess.

“What’s most interesting to me is what was our role in this? What was our active role in the story? What was our complicity?” said Perkins, who earned a 2019 Oscar nomination for the short documentary “Black Sheep.”

“The part of the Diana story of this puzzle that I felt was less explored and more interesting to me was: What does Diana’s story say about all of us? And so that’s the whole approach here, to immerse the audience a little bit in this present tense that’s unfolding, to never let you escape the archive, to bring you back to these moments in our entire lives.”

Diana had just turned 20 when she married Charles in 1981 and became the subject of worldwide admiration and criticism. The collapse of their marriage, which she blamed on Charles’ lover and future wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, only fueled the media and public interest in Diana, who died when a limousine she was driving crashed into a Paris tunnel. when she fled the paparazzi .

“The Princess” will hit UK cinemas on June 30… Reuters

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