Margaret Thatcher`s family ‘appalled’ at biopic

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 14:10 PM IST

London: A new film about Margaret Thatcher`s life that shows the former prime minister as a dementia-sufferer looking back at her life with sadness has offended her family members.

The screenplay of ‘The Iron Lady’ depicts Thatcher as an elderly dementia-sufferer looking back on her career with sadness, reports The Telegraph.

She is shown talking to herself and unaware that her husband, Sir Denis Thatcher, has died.

While the prospect of Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher may have pleased some admirers of the Conservative former prime minister, her children have been horrified to discover more about the film.

“Sir Mark and Carol are appalled at what they have learnt about the film. They think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy. They feel strongly about it, but will not speak publicly for fear of giving it more publicity,” the Telegraph quoted a friend of the Thatcher family as saying.

Cameron McCracken, the managing director of the film-maker Pathe, said: "It is true that the film is set in the recent past and that Baroness Thatcher does look back on both the triumphs and the lows of her extraordinary career. It is a film about power and the price that is paid for power. In that sense, it is the story of every person who has ever had to balance their private life with their public career."

He said that Lady Thatcher``s health will be featured, but insists it will be “treated with appropriate sensitivity”.

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