• Lauren Greenfield (2012)
  • US / Neth / UK / Den
  • 100 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This engrossing documentary charts the rise (and fall, though the term is relative) of US property magnate David Siegel and his wife, Jackie, the "Queen" of the title, as their plans to build the largest, most palatial private home in the country (90,000 square feet) come crashing down around them. Having made billions from his timeshare business, David is hit by the 2008 economic crisis: he is forced to lay off thousands of staff and halt the construction of their outrageous home; meanwhile, the irrepressible Jackie continues to spend. Director Lauren Greenfield followed the couple and their eight children for three years and her patience is rewarded here, as a tale of obscene wealth and lavish living becomes a perceptive study of the downside of the American Dream. David becomes more troubled and insular as time goes on, withdrawing from family life, but former beauty queen (and qualified engineer) Jackie is the true focus of a film that's in turn hilarious and heartbreaking.

Plot Summary

Documentary centred on property tycoon David Siegel and his wife, Jackie. From humble beginnings, the couple sets out to build the largest house in America, modelled on the French palace of Versailles. But as the global financial crisis of 2008 takes hold, their empire crumbles and the dream begins to slip out of reach.

Cast and crew


Lauren Greenfield

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD
Released 7 Sep 2012
Certificate E