August 29th, 2012
The Queen of Versailles was one of Sundance's most talked about documentaries, and with our UK and Irish release just a few days away the anticipation is building. The presses have already been ablaze with some great features on the film, next week sees the launch of a special art exhibition in association with the film, and Picturehouse cinemas have confirmed that the film will screen for Picturehouse Docs Tuesday on the 2nd October.
In The Queen of Versailles we meet Jackie and David Siegel and their eight children; Jackie is a former beauty queen and David is the billionaire “Time-Share King” of the world, and they are building their dream home – the USA’s largest single domestic home - modelled on the Versailles palace in France. And then the economic crisis hits. The Queen of Versailles is their story and how, in the face of the worst economic crisis in 100 years, Jackie, David, their children, maids, dogs, employees and business associates struggle to keep the time-share business afloat and finish their dream-home: Versailles, Florida.
Last weekend the film was the cover story in The Sunday Times Magazine, following feature articles in The Economist, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian, who included it in their piece on Oscar contenders! The film was also featured on the Financial Times podcast, and has plenty more broadcast and press pending as we gear up for the release. Keep an eye on the film's website for further coverage.
From 7th September Beach London will play host to a MASS exhibition The Queen of Versailles, which celebrates the release of the film. The exhibition will see emerging contemporary artists responding to the films themes in a variety of media. The exhibition will be open from 7th-13th Sept 2012 - for more details see the MASS website.
On Tuesday 2nd October Picturehouse cinemas will screen the film across all their sites nationwide, in their monthly Picturehouse Docs slot. For details of these screenings, and the sites opening the film from 7th September, visit QueenofVersailles.co.uk