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Casting aside the orthodox plotting of a biopic, this film about the controversial former prime minister focuses on a present day depiction. Margaret Thatcher is an elderly woman suffering from dementia, who still talks to her dead husband, Denis. These conversations spark flashbacks to her landmark moments in government; the Falklands War, the miners strikes and poll tax riots. Starring the marvellous Meryl Streep, who gets under Thatcher's skin to deliver a performance so precise, it's hard to distinguish her from the real woman.
Film version of TV satire The Thick of It about the weaselly world of politics, in which a junior minister gets out of his depth in the run-up to war.
16+ years 101 mins
This gripping biographical drama will wipe out memories of dull history lessons, with a spectacular performance from star Cate Blanchett at its heart.
14+ years 118 mins
Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in this Peter Morgan imagining of a key moment in recent history.
14+ years 98 mins
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With its DVD release this week, we look at incredible story behind A United Kingdom, in which one couple's decision to marry has huge political ramifications.
Reading time 7 mins
Director Phyllida Lloyd visits Glebelands School in Surrey to talk to students about directing films, and why it's vital for women to enter the film industry.
Viewing time 4 mins
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