Aung San Suu Kyi's life comes to the big screen

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

A recent Guardian article reveals the latest stills from Luc Besson's The Lady, the film about the tragic love and incredible life of the Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Filming in Oxford is almost complete on the Anglo-French version, with Michelle Yeoh as the Burmese opposition leader and David Thewlis as Michael Aris, her university academic husband.

Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her latest period of house arrest by Burma's generals in November, which meant Yeoh could meet the woman she is playing. Yeoh told the Guardian: "The first thing we did is hug and I thought you are really skinny, man. One of the first things she said was 'why doesn't the BBC world service have more music?'

The film will chart her journey from housewife in Oxford to becoming Burmese opposition leader, and will build up to the terrible choice she had to make between country and family when her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

For more about the film, see the Guardian website.