The Princess, a documentary on Princess Diana, will debut on HBO on August 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. This date marks the 25th anniversary of the royal’s terrible passing. HBO Max will also stream the movie that Ed Perkins (Black Sheep), an Academy Award contender, directed.
For almost two decades, Diana and Charles, the Prince and Princess of Wales, were the focus of practically daily headlines in the 24-hour news cycle. To transport viewers back to significant moments in Diana’s life as they occurred, HBO’s intimate and immersive new look at the former’s life exclusively uses contemporaneous archival audio and video footage. These moments include Diana and Charles’ acrimonious divorce, their seemingly fairy-tale public courtship and wedding, and Diana’s untimely death at age 36 on August 31, 1997.
The plot of the movie develops as if it were happening right now, giving spectators a sense of the fervent admiration for Diana as well as the close observation and ongoing criticism of her behaviour. It also acts as a reflection of the time period’s society, expressing the concerns, worries, goals, and wants of the general populace.
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The Princess made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022. Lightbox, Oscar winner Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man), and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, Tina), worked together to produce the movie. Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller served as the executive producers, with Vanessa Tovell acting as the co-producer and Anna Klein serving as the coordinating producer for HBO.