Diana director: Bad reviews are 'devastating'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 October 2013
Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana

'Diana' director Oliver Hirschbiegel admits the film's negative reviews have been "devastating"

'Diana' director Oliver Hirschbiegel says the film's negative reviews are "devastating".

The filmmaker's biopic about the late Princess Diana, featuring Naomi Watts in the lead role, was savaged by critics upon its release in Britain last month, but Hirschbiegel feels the movie was more harshly judged in the late royal's native country than around the world.

He told BBC News the reaction was "devastating, but when you make a film you don't think about the reactions.

"In all the other places where it's opened; in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Slovakia, it's been very strong. I think for the British, Diana is still a trauma they haven't come to terms with."

Despite the critical setback, the director hopes cinema fans will "make their own minds up" about the film.

Hirschbiegel feels the British reaction to 'Diana' is "déjà vu", recalling the negative reaction his earlier film 'Downfall' - about Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler - received in Germany.

He added: "I hope it is a matter of stepping back and looking at it afresh in a year or so, because it is a very British story and I am a very German director."

He also finds Diana more complicated than Hitler, adding: "[She] was the most complex character I have ever tried to depict - more complex than Hitler. The one thing they both had in common was they were born actors."


  • 1 star
  • 2013
  • UK/France/Belgium/Sweden/Mozambique
  • 1h 53min
  • U
  • Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar
  • UK release: 20 September 2013

Biopic delving into the last two years of the late Princess of Wales' life, an emotional insight into her divorce with Prince Charles and relationships with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed.

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