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Director Stephen Frears discusses casting, location and values in his new film Victoria and Abdul


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Stephen Frears is one of the most established British directors, known for his work on The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins. Now he revisits the Royal Family in his newest film, Victoria and Abdul.

The National Student spoke to Stephen ahead of the release of Victoria and Abdul, a charming story of the unlikely friendship between Abdul Karim, an Indian Clerk, and Queen Victoria, played by the fantastic Judi Dench.

A talented director to say the least, Stephen Frears is sharp and to the point about what he thinks and what he wants out of his films, and while he doesn’t delve too deeply into the ins and outs of his decision making, his creative ability is evident in the film.

Frears spoke about the process of creating an alternative portrayal of Queen Victoria, his casting of Ali Fazal and Judi Dench, filming on real life locations, and the values of the film.

Watch the full interview below.

Victoria and Abdul releases in cinemas 15th September.

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