THE QUEEN takes audiences behind the scenes of one of the most shocking public events of recent times - providing an illuminating, acidly funny, yet deeply affecting, dramatic glimpse into what happens in the corridors of power when tragedy strikes. The setting for this fictional account of real events is no less than the private chambers of the Royal Family and the British government in the wake of the sudden death of Princess Diana in August of 1997. In the immediate aftermath of the Princess's passing, the tightly contained, tradition-bound world of the Queen of England (DAME HELEN MIRREN) clashes with the slick modernity of the country's brand new, image-conscious Prime Minister, Tony Blair (MICHAEL SHEEN). The result is an intimate, yet thematically epic, battle between private and public, responsibility and emotion, custom and action - as a grieving nation waits to see what its leaders will do.
With a screenplay drawn from extensive interviews, devoted research, discreet sources and informed imagination, as well as tour de force portrayals of living figures of power, THE QUEEN provides a stunningly fresh portrait of one of the modern world's last great monarchs as she has never been seen before - as a vulnerable human being in her darkest hour, a midst the unprecedented media madness, stark emotions and PR maneuvering set in motion by Diana's death.