Lesbian film director Phyllida Lloyd - whose work includes Mamma
Mia! - has said her new film about Margaret Thatcher is "not a
The acclaimed director made the comments in an interview which
features in www.PinkPaper.com's online magazine section.
"I immediately saw that it's not a political film. It's almost
Shakespearean, the story of a great leader who is both tremendous
and flawed in all kinds of ways," she said.
"It's a story of power and a crash from power and what happens
when someone whose life has been absolutely bursting to fullness
with their work is suddenly brought to an end. But in many ways
it's a universal story, it's a mirror of all our lives, it's just
that the life she led is so epic, so huge - it's our own lives writ
large -it's the story of what will happen to all of us when our
careers end, when we are incapacitated, facing old age.
"We haven't had the big, public, important life she had but we all
understand about partners and families and letting go, bereavement,
and how we support each other at moments of need."
The Iron Lady, which is released on 6 January, stars Meryl Streep
(pictured) as Margaret Thatcher.
Streep and Lloyd - one of the UK film industry's most successful
film directors - previously worked together on Mamma Mia!.