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‘The Iron Lady’

The newest movie by the director of hugely successful ‘Mamma Mia’, Phyllida Lloyd ‘The Iron Lady’, British biographical film based on the life of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century is now being screened at the Gold theatre of Majestic Cineplex.

Winning an Oscar for her widely acclaimed performance Meryl Streep played Thatcher and her role also considered to be one of the finest of her career. She received her 17th Academy Award nomination, and ultimately, the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her portrayal of Thatcher across four decades. She also earned her third Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama (eighth overall), and her second BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Speaking of her remarkable role Streep has said “The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge. I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own.”

Elderly and a virtual prisoner in her own home due to her concerned staff and daughter Carol, Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister, looks back on her life as she clears out her late husband Denis’s clothes for the Oxfam shop. Denis is seen as being her rock as she first enters parliament and then runs for the leadership of the Conservative Party, culminating in her eventual premiereship. Now his ghost joins her to comment on her successes and failures, sometimes to her annoyance, generally to her comfort until ultimately, as the clothes are sent to the charity shop, Denis departs from Margret’s life forever.

The film also stars Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, Richard E Grant and Olivia Colman in lead roles.

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