The 1O Best BIOPICS of All Time; as an Acclaimed New Release Explores the Churchill Known Only to a Few of His Inner Circle, We Look Back at Ten Classic Portrayals of Famous Figureheads over the Years

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The 1O Best BIOPICS of All Time; as an Acclaimed New Release Explores the Churchill Known Only to a Few of His Inner Circle, We Look Back at Ten Classic Portrayals of Famous Figureheads over the Years


LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962

ONE of cinema's epic productions, David Lean's breathtaking portrait of T E Lawrence used the power and scale of the big screen to immerse the audience in the heat of the desert.

the man who united Arab tribes during the First World War, leading them in three and a half hours long, with measured dialogue and an unhurried plot, this multimillion-pound picture was a huge gamble, yet has remained a classic for more than 50 years.

GANDHI 1982

FEATURING a roll call of distinguished thespians, this evocative dramatisation of the life of Mahatma Gandhi tells one of the most important tales of the 20th century. Ben Kingsley enjoys a career high as Gandhi, the lawyer who galvanised a nation to peaceful protest and India's eventual independence from Britain, Richard Attenborough's awe-inspiring production won eight Academy Awards, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills and Martin Sheen all feature in a power of one man to change the world.

SCHINDLER'S LIST 1993

ALL too often, it falls to Hollywood to share the stories that few of us would ever discover if it weren't for the lure of makers and actors who bring them to life. An adaptation of the novel Schindler's Ark, by Thomas Keneally, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie ensured the little known tale of Oskar Schindler was shared with a vast audience. Liam Neeson is tasked with businessman who saved the lives of over 1,000 Holocaust refugees by employing them in his Krakow factories during the Second World War.

ELIZABETH 1998

EXPLORING the early years of Elizabeth I's reign, and the challenges the young queen faces adapting to her inspire even the most reluctant of historians with its sumptuous costumes, sweeping cinematography and masterful acting. Cate Blanchett portrays Elizabeth, who, in 1558, at the age of 25, was crowned queen of a Catholic country, declared it Protestant and ruled for 45 years. We witness her maturing from a headstrong young woman into a revered head of state.

THE QUEEN 2006

HELEN Mirren, as Queen Elizabeth II, leads a narrative that mirrors some of the most testing times in the modern monarchy, in the aftermath of the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Directed by Stephen Frears and written by Peter Morgan, it depicts the to maintain the dignity of the monarchy under public pressure to recognise the 'People's Princess'. With Michael Sheen as newly elected Prime themselves in eye of the storm as an outpouring of grief forces the palace to reconsider timeworn protocols. Mirren is commanding as HM the Queen.

FROST/NIXON 2008

FROM the same writer as The Queen, this studied drama, directed by Ron Michael Sheen as British television journalist David Frost, who secured an Langella. …

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