Tracking Down Maggie (1994)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This provocative British documentary provides revealing and often hilarious results as it chronicles the attempts of filmmaker Nick Broomfield to get an interview with the elusive Margaret Thatcher. The film begins soon after Thatcher left her 15 year post as England's prime minister. Thatcher allowed her financial affairs to be helmed by her beloved son Mark, a reputed international arms dealer with shady origins. When Thatcher heads to the U.S. to promote her autobiography, Broomfield follows her, trying in vain to get past her diligent bodyguards. In addition to chronicling his pursuit, Broomfield also examines her personal history. He also delves into her relationship with Mark and his largely ignored twin sister, Carol. He also examines into her close relationship to her father. The implications that Thatcher is herself a sexist in the patriarchal tradition, is clear. Mark's suspicious, shady operation is also examined with implications that Thatcher is fully cognizant and perhaps actively participates in it.