Spencer has been gaining all the right kinds of attention lately. Aside from Kristen Stewart’s uncanny likeness to the eponymous Diana, Princess of Wales, the film was met with thunderous applause during its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival – due in great part to Stewart’s performance, which is already considered a major Oscar contender.
Where your run-of-the-mill biographical affair takes artistic liberties to keep eyes glued onto screens/bums planted on seats, Spencer blurs the lines between reality and fiction even further. As something of a creative exercise, rather than focusing solely on real-life events, it imagines what occurred behind closed doors during a weekend at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate. Think The Crown on steroids.
Here’s the official synopsis for Spencer:
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen's Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.
Kristen Stewart is joined by Jack Farthing as Charles – Prince of Wales, Stella Gonet as Queen Elizabeth II, Timothy Spall as Equerry Major Gregory, Sally Hawkins as Maggie, Sean Harris as Chef Darren, and more. Directed by Pablo Larrain – who previously helmed the 2016 biopic Jackie starring Natalie Portman – the screenplay has been written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.
Spencer will be screened internationally from November 5th and is scheduled to hit Aussie theatres sometime in January 2022 – check out the trailer above.