• 12
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel (2013)
  • UK / US / Swe
  • 107 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

With so much already written about Princess Diana, both during her lifetime and after her death, director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Oscar nominated for Hitler portrait Downfall) struggles to add anything new or insightful here. He also uses kid gloves to handle the most controversial period of her life - the two years leading up to 1997's fatal car crash in Paris. However, it's Naomi Watts who takes the biggest gamble here, by playing "the most famous woman in the world" - and it's a losing bet. Her Diana is a bundle of mannerisms, begging our sympathy with fluttering eyelashes and using the same winsome tactics to woo Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (portrayed as almost saint-like by Naveen Andrews). Essentially, this is their love story, but facts are few and far between in an account chiefly set behind closed doors, with scenes that might have been cribbed from Dynasty. Evidently, Hirschbiegel and Watts are wary of probing too deeply into the mindset of the woman who aspired to be "a Queen of people's hearts", making the end result pure fluff.

Plot Summary

Fact-based drama following the Princess of Wales in the last two years of her life. Under constant media scrutiny, she finds a new public role for herself as a patron of humanitarian causes, while secretly conducting a passionate affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon. Starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews.

Cast and crew


Princess Diana
Naomi Watts
Dr Hasnat Khan
Naveen Andrews
Paul Burrell
Douglas Hodge
Oonagh Toffolo
Geraldine James
Patrick Jephson
Charles Edwards
Juliet Stevenson
Dodi Fayed
Cas Anvar
Jason Fraser
Daniel Pirrie
Christiaan Barnard
Michael Byrne
Laurence Belcher


Oliver Hirschbiegel

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment One
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Sep 2013
Certificate 12