Iron Lady

26/03/2012 21:11


Have you been a bit disappointed about the affairs in our country? Do you think that politics is only about corruption, money, connections and gorillas? Why not try a different look at politics from the perspective of the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.


Margaret Thatcher became a PM in 1979 after winning a general election. Thatcher introduced strict political and economic reforms which earned her a nickname “Iron Lady”. She advocated deregulation, flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies and reduction in the power of trade unions. During the first years of her reign Thatcher was very popular which enabled her to be re-elected in 1983 and she became also the longest-serving British PM in the 20th century (1979-1990).


The movie Iron Lady depicts the eleven years of the reign of the intransigent and strong-minded Margaret Thatcher. It was directed by Phillida Lloyd and the main role was portrayed by the fabulous actress Meryl Streep but also, in her early years, by Alexandra Roach. Critic Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail wrote, "Only an actress of Streep's stature could possibly capture Thatcher's essence and bring it to the screen. It's a performance of towering proportions that sets a new benchmark for acting." Streep won for her depiction of Margaret Thatcher a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.


The movie not only shows us the face of Thatcher we all know very well, but it also offers us an insight into her private life and family affairs with her husband and children. At the very beginning of the movie we can see an old “Iron Lady” struggling with dementia and the lack of power and only after that we face the memories from her political life in flashbacks.


Don’t miss out on the great opportunity to see one of the most important figures of the British politics on the silver screen. Check the programmes of the cinemas at


Zuzana Servanská