Queen Of The Desert (2016)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 18 mins

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Based on the life of British traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer Gertrude Bell.

Cast: Damian Lewis, James Franco, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson

Crew: Werner Herzog (Director), Peter Zeitlinger (Director of Photography), Klaus Badelt (Music Director)

Rating: PG13 (Singapore)

Genres: Drama, History, Biography

Release Dates: 31 Mar 2016 (United Arab Emirates)

Tagline: One Women Can change the course of history

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Did you know? Naomi Watts was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out and her friend, Nicole Kidman took the role. Read More
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as Charles Doughty-Wylie
as Henry Cadogan
as Gertrude Bell
as Col. T.E. Lawrence
as Emir
as Horseman
as Sheik
as Aunt Lascelles
as Hairdresser
as Handmaiden
as Winston Churchill
as The General
as Hugh Bell
as Ibrahim
as Bedouin Girl
as Florence Lascelles
as Dulaim
as Fattuh
as Florence Bell
as Arnold Runcie
as Frank Lascelles
as R. Campbell Thompson
as Omar
as Farsi voice actor
as Sir Mark Sykes
as The Colonel
Supporting Actress
as Lady Ascot
as Judith Doughtie-Wylie
as Earl of Chester
as Abdullah
as King Faycal


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director



Screenplay Writer
Script Supervisor

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Key Grip


Music Director
Music Editor


Sound Designer
Sound Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Effects Editor
Sound Mixer
Foley Editor
Assistant Sound Re-recording Mixer


Production Designer


Casting Associate
Voice Casting
Casting Assistant
Extras Casting

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Costume Assistant



Makeup and Hair

Hair Stylist

Marketing and Public Relations

Graphic Designer

Visual Effects

Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
Arabic, Turkish
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Red Epic, Red Scarlet, Red Epic Dragon
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
One Women Can change the course of history
Character Error
At 1:36:00, the Bedouin Sheik holds and offers the lamb's head with his left hand. This is contrary to all etiquette, as the right hand is used for eating while the left one is, shall we say, the wiping hand.

Factual Mistake
Gertrude Bell and Winston Churchill 's wife Clementine were cousins on her father's side i.e. via his sister. In spite of the first scene where Churchill asks "Who is this Gertrude Bell?", in real-life he was very much aware of who she was.

Factual Mistake
When Henry is sitting with Gertrude and they are reading Farsi they are using their finger and pointing as they read from left to right but Farsi is a read right to left language.
On their first day of filming, James Franco and Nicole Kidman climbed a tower, where a vulture sat. Prior to filming the scene, Werner Herzog had found the vulture by coincidence, with its owner, by the side of the road and decided to put it into the film. The vulture was not trained for such screen roles, and tried to peck Kidman, but luckily it was on a leash. This scene is one of Kidman's favorite in the film.

Nicole Kidman appears in every scene of the film, save for the opening scene.

Nicole Kidman said she "begged" Werner Herzog to include a scene of her character bathing in the desert, which he happily obliged to. The scene was written on set and finally made it into the film.

Werner Herzog decided to film during a real sandstorm, which is usually avoided and therefore rarely seen in feature films because of the technical problems for the cameras resulting from the sand. Another unique opportunity arose, when the very rare phenomenon of snow in the desert occurred. Both natural phenomena can be seen in the final film.

On set, Nicole Kidman had her own male dromedary, named Barbie.

Werner Herzog finished his first cut of the film only three months after filming wrapped.

Nicole Kidman learned to ride camels for her role.

Naomi Watts was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out and her friend, Nicole Kidman took the role.

Jude Law was originally attached to play Henry Cadogan but after the project was delayed, Law dropped out and James Franco replaced him.

Nicole Kidman held a "wrap-party" on the last day of filming in Morroco. The entire cast and crew was invited.

All five screenings at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 were sold out within a few hours.

Werner Herzog's first feature film since 5 years and 5 months.

This marks the first time that Nicole Kidman worked with James Franco and Robert Pattinson. She and Franco were set to star in the play "Sweet Youth of Bird" on Broadway in 2011, and she was attached to star in Bel Ami (2012) opposite Pattinson, but both collaborations never went through.

Werner Herzog's first film in the 1:2.35 aspect ratio.

Werner Herzog revealed during his introduction at the AFI Fest that a brand new cut with a running time of 110 minutes was presented. The original version that premiered in Feb. 2015 at the Berlin International Film Festival had a running time of 128 minutes.
Filming Start Date:
13 Jan 2014
Filming End Date:
06 Mar 2014