Director Werner Herzog returns to his favourite themes of travel, culture and exploration in this intriguing ‘biography’ of Gertrude Bell, the famous cartographer, archaeologist, traveller and spy. Her incredible reputation in the Middle East during World War One, led to her influential role in British policy-making and helped found many post-colonial nations. This doesn’t sound like the most striking film ever made, but add in exotic locations, period costumes, a high dose of romance and the odd camel, this film looks set to be a sure-fire box office success.
With an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman as Bell, delivering her well-rehearsed poetic female protagonist role; pale and interesting Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia, as he is better known; and James Franco and Damien Lewis as Bell’s doomed love interests, this film promises to attract history buffs, period drama lovers and romantics alike due to its tantalising trailer and original concept.
We’ll discover if Queen of the Desert will live up to its striking trailer when it is released in the UK later this year.