Prior to his untimely death in September 2021, director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill,” “Tea With the Dames”) wanted to make good use of his time spent cooped up in COVID-19 isolation. So, he called on a few fellow brilliant minds and got to work on a documentary about Elizabeth II. But…how to make a documentary that isn’t like all the others?
Generations have known this head of state as something of a mother figure, as a face on a mug, and even as a silhouette on currency. Michell took the what was mysterious about the Queen, what very little she reveals about herself, and the little bits of humor the world sees and stitched it together to create a unique documentary.
“She’s entrenched as part of our collective unconscious, the stuff of our dreams, our projections, our sense of ourselves, by far the most famous female face in the history of the world. More people dream about the Queen than any other living person. She’s the Mona Lisa, instantly recognisable, and yet elusively and perpetually unknowable.” – Roger Mitchell
“Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts” opens in theaters on May 27th and streams on Amazon Prime in the U.S. on June 1st.