SOUTH Yorkshire film-goers have been left divided following the UK premiere of Hollywood blockbuster ‘Iron Lady.’
The film, which depicts the life of former PM Margaret Thatcher, opened yesterday to a wave of protest and criticism.
“Why sensationalise the life of a woman who caused so much devastation?” asked Sheffielder Bev Potts, who refuses to watch the film.
And for those who have seen it, the question of whether it accurately depicts her does not seem to have a clear answer.
“It’s unflattering,” said Monica Dyson, of Stannington.
“She’s painted as ruthless and ambitious, which she was. She was uncaring about the plight of the ordinary person.”
Edwina Allen, of Chapeltown, felt the focus was too much on Mrs Thatcher’s later life.
“She was our best Prime Minister, with more balls than any man’s that followed her,” she said.
“She wasn’t to be messed with,” agreed Susan Hogan, of Chapeltown.
“She stuck to her guns and I think that was captured perfectly.”
Patricia Peat, of Bradway, told The Star: “There’s no doubt she was formidable, but she was a true leader.”
Outside Cineworld in Chesterfield, a group of veterans of the Women’s Action Groups protested against the Hollywood rewriting of history.
Amid chants of ‘Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, out, out, out,” they reminded people there was another side to the story.
“Our economy and our community has never recovered from that woman’s reign,” said Val Graham.
“She attacked and destroyed working class people.”
Fellow protester Anne Donlan added: “The women in the mining communities who fought to protect their children’s futures are the real iron women.”
Labour-run Bolsover District Council’s leader, Coun Eion Watts, even went so far as to say: “There’ll be a party up this way when Mrs Thatcher passes away, we’ve already got it organised and are just waiting for the day.”