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Cameron criticises The Iron Lady storyline

British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticised the makers of new movie The Iron Lady for portraying Margaret Thatcher as a vulnerable old woman, insisting they should have focused more on her "amazing" leadership.

Meryl Streep plays the part of the U.K.'s first female prime minister in director Phyllida Lloyd's movie, which has been snubbed by Thatcher and her family.

Thatcher's children were reportedly "appalled" by the film's plot, which shows the former politician as a lonely old woman looking back on her momentous career in the 1980s.

Now, Cameron has waded into the debate over the storyline, questioning why Lloyd focused on Thatcher's later years in the film.

He tells BBC Radio 4, "It's a fantastic piece of acting by Meryl Streep. You can't help wondering, why do we have to have this film right now? It is a film much more about ageing and elements of dementia rather than about an amazing prime minister.

"My sort of sense was a great piece of acting, a really staggering piece of acting, but a film I wish they could have made another day."