Diana - Teaser
Celebrated and adored by millions, she was the Queen of people's hearts, yet the bittersweet story of the last man to truly capture hers has never been told.PT1M5S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2o6ts 620 349 June 13, 2013
Australia will finally get to see the people's princess when the film Diana is released locally on October 10. The news of the release date comes as a teaser trailer for the film has surfaced online – a result, the Australian distributor claims, of an unauthorised leak.
I just felt I was spending time with her. One particular time I felt permission was granted.
The film stars Naomi Watts as Diana, and when I talked to her during filming she confessed that becoming a princess, let alone the Queen of Hearts, is not easy.
On the set of the first bio-pic to be made about the Princess of Wales since her death in 1997, Watts was visibly nervous. Despite the assortment of wigs, the prosthetic nose and intensive voice training designed to transform her into one of the most recognisable women of the 20th century, she was afraid people might still say she looks nothing like Diana.
"You know, 'Why her and not somebody else?'," she said. "Everybody is going to say that, or has already." Her beautiful face tightened anxiously behind the nose.
Diana isn't a conspiracy film; there is nothing shot in a tunnel, no scenes imagining fights with Prince Charles. Dodi Fayed is just a flash in the pan.
Writer Stephen Jeffreys based his script largely on the book Diana: her last love by journalist Kate Snell, about the secret relationship between the princess and heart surgeon Hasnat Khan that ended about three months before she died.
"I was struck in writing by the image of this guy in the Fulham Road late at night, with her coming out for secret rendezvous," Jeffreys said. "It was an offbeat starting point. But all her life was a desperate quest for love."
The director is Oliver Hirschbiegel, who rose to prominence with his exceptional The Downfall, the movie about Hitler's last days that has spawned an internet meme of infinite variety and variable funniness.
He maintains Diana is "the most complex character I've had to tackle to date. This woman does not cease to amaze me, really."
Watts spent six weeks with a dialogue coach to master Diana's crisp, well-bred accent, but says her best voice source was the famous BBC interview she conducted with Martin Bashir.
"I'd find myself listening to it when I'd jog in the park or watch it before bed," she says.
She admits she even dreamed about Diana. "I just felt I was spending time with her," Watts says. "One particular time I felt permission was granted."
She hesitates a little. "But that doesn't sound right on paper, so I won't go there," she adds. "It's as close as I've ever wanted to come to a character."