Never before seen footage of the Princess of Wales is being prepared by the production company Lightbox for their new film ‘Diana’. The filmmakers behind the documentary ‘Whitney’, about the late Whitney Houston, are asking royal fans to unearth their own videos of Princess Diana.
Simon Chinn, producer of Diana and co-founder of Lightbox, and Ed Perkins, director, told Express.co.uk the Princess of Wales’ “special relationship with the public” will be a crucial part of the story they want to portray.
The pair said: “By using home movie footage of Diana, we hope to be able to paint a portrait that feels fresh, raw and unmediated.”
The documentary will be titled ‘Diana’ and released in 2022.
Submissions of video footage are encouraged regardless of quality.
Mr Chinn and Mr Perkins are looking for footage of the late royal that fans may have filmed over the years “no matter how brief”.
They added: “Sometimes just a glance can convey an emotion or an idea that cannot be depicted through words.
“Moreover, as much as we are interested in archive material of Diana herself, we are equally interested in seeing any footage from key historical moments in Diana’s life – such as her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981 or her funeral in 1997.”
The late Princess of Wales was beloved by many royal fans during her marriage to Prince Charles and after their divorce.
Mr Chinn and Mr Perkins explained how Diana’s ability to connect with complete strangers was a quality “that had rarely been seen before by a public figure”.
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Mr Chinn and Mr Perkins said Princess Diana’s legacy “occupies a special place in Britain’s public consciousness”.
They added: “Her story tapped into something very deep in millions of people around the world.
“We somehow felt invested in her in a way that transcended the normal relationship between the public and those in the public eye.
“She acted as a blank canvas onto which we could all project our own hopes and dreams and fears, and the fact that she is still frequently found on the front pages of national newspapers a quarter of a century after her death suggests that as a society we still haven’t fully resolved or understood what happened.”
The filmmakers hope to pay tribute to Diana’s life and create a “profound and cinematic film that will allow the audience to reflect on her legacy”.
This year, a statue of the Princess of Wales commissioned by Prince Harry and Prince William is expected to be installed to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
Kensington Palace previously said the sculpture will be placed in the garden of the London palace on July 1, 2021.
Last August marked 23 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.
The statue has been created by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, who designed the Queen’s portrait on UK coins.