In death as it is in life, Diana the princess of Wales aroused intense feelings. Many thought of her as among the greatest figures of the 20th C while others dismissed her as an attention seeker or curse in the Royal family “This is the start of the Princess Diana’ s documentary done by HBO, a one of its kind documentary that extensively seeks to cover the untold life of Princess Diana or is it the phenomenal woman of the 20th C?
The four-hour documentary, divided into two parts starts off by creating an ambiance of Diana as an ordinary girl, then her as a princess. Immediately the documentary begins, home videos of a Diana Spencer as a child goofing around and the deep smooth voice set the pace and mood for the entire documentary. The narrator takes his audience with him from the start. This documentary was directed by Ashley Getting and produced by Nicholas Kent. It was Premiered by HBO in 2017.
The documentary ostensibly uses videos with a nostalgic appeal and with special emphasis on a mixture of Black and white graphics or better still classical videos and a few snippets of Princess Diana saying little words that make you yarn to hear more of her . Being dubbed as “Diana our Mother: Her life and legacy “, the documentary perfectly represents Diana’s life from her young days to her hey days when at nineteen, she became a global sensation after a romantic relationship ensued with Prince Charles of Wales who was thirty years old then.
Notable is the fact that the narrator chooses to have Diana’s close friends and people who had personal encounters with her hence ostensibly bringing a feeling of family to the entire context of the story. From the beginning, Diana is affected by her parents’ divorce, growing up she is not school smart but has a lot of talents running from swimming to dancing and a special personal attachment with Kids in which she ends up working as a nanny.
With such a coherent flow, as the audience you get deeply engrossed in the documentary to a point where you almost establish an attachment with the main character, Princess Diana. For a minute there, Diana says “A marriage with love and a close family unit are so pivotal in my relationship world that in its absence, relationships are meaningless.” With her alluding to this in the forty seventh minute, it clearly defines for you some of the values she is deeply attached to, values that are so familiar which help the audience identify with her on a deeper level.
“I don’t need food “, Diana says laughing as she answered the reporter. Been constantly followed around by the press, the narrator puts into context some of Diana’s hilarious moments and her love for the camera. Moreover, the narrator conspicuously brings out how the media got wind of some of Diana’s secrets and, how the media leaked out some of Diana’s romantic entanglements in her relationships. More interesting is that first hand encounters are the only ones used, it is just a pure story with no commentators at all!
Princess Diana’s humanitarian works are also largely featured and how she created a rapport with people to a point where at some places she went to, people could not help but chant her name. “For the first time in the royal History, there is a princess who garnered so much fame that other royals were now concerned.”the narrator states.
Living in what most thought was a perfect world, Princess Diana wrote a thank-you note to her employer while she vividly recounts sentimentally how happy she was being a nanny. With possible mental health issues featuring in the documentary and later engagements in humanitarian work with mentally challenged organizations, clearly suggest the Princess Diana was a highly charitable person, a personality trait that has speculatively been passed on to Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex.
The documentary redefines the life of princess Diana and clearly ascribes to the fact that all that glitters is not gold and there is always more than meets the eye. HBO documentaries are clearly captivating and their future is undoubtedly great!
By Michelle WAHITO