Having had great success with exploring the female figurehead of British aristocracy in “The Queen”, Pathe Films is now turning its attention towards a former female figurehead of British politics.
Yes the Iron Lady herself, former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, is getting the biopic treatment.
But whereas “The Queen” focused on one of the most difficult times for that of its leading lady, the Thatcher flick will focus on one of her glory moments – the two weeks leading up to the successful 1982 Falklands War.
Pathe, The BBC and producer Damian Jones (“Welcome to Sarajevo,” “The History Boys”) are developing the project and have hired Brian Fillis to pen the screenplay. No director has yet been attached as the project is still in its early stages.
Thatcher remains to this day one of the more controversial and divisive figures in UK politics, and arguably the most well-known female political leader of the 20th century. As leader of the conservative party she often took a hard line approach to issues from terrorism to taxation, not a publically liked approach considering the country was in the middle of a recession.
When Argentina invaded the British controlled Falkland Islands in April 1982, Thatcher’s popularity was at an all time low. Despite huge logistical problems, Thatcher sent a naval task force to recapture them – and they succeeded in doing so. The success sparked a wave of patriotism back in the UK which, combined with economic recovery, bolstered her government’s popularity considerably.