Production is underway for a new movie about the life of wartime photographer and correspondent Lee Miller. Filming has begun in Croatia, with actress Kate Winslet playing the role of Miller. The first production still of Winslet as Miller has been released, complete with a Rolleiflex camera in hand.
The movie apparently focuses on the decade of Miller’s life, which includes her time reporting the events of World War II. The former Vogue model-turned-war photographer captured many life-changing events with her lens. She was one of the first photographers to record the horrors of Nazi concentration camps.
The movie is titled “Lee” and is directed by cinematographer Ellen Kuras. It is apparently not a biopic as such but explores this chapter of Miller’s life and the events that she witnessed.
Upon reaching middle age, Miller refused to be remembered as a former model and artist’s muse and reinvented herself as what would now be described as a photojournalist. She traveled to Europe to be on the frontline of the 2nd World War. Armed with her Rolleiflex, her lens captured the London Blitz, the first Allied use of Napalm in the South of France, and of course, the shocking truth at concentration camps Dachau and Buchenwald.
To me, she was a life force to be reckoned with, so much more than an object of attention from famous men with whom she is associated. This photographer, writer, reporter, did everything she did with love, lust, and courage, and is an inspiration of what you can achieve, and what you can bear, if you dare to take life firmly by the hands and live it at full throttle.
– Kate Winslet
What Miller witnessed was horrific and, of course, life-changing on a personal level. The movie will apparently address this aspect of Miller’s life from a more personal point of view.