Several weeks ago I was invited to a screening of Amazing Grace, a dramatization based on the life of William Wilberforce (see synopsis below). I thought it would be fun to go but did not expect to be blown away. After all, it was a period piece and they tend to do poorer at the box office than action or popular family films.
Was I wrong!
Maybe it was the acting, or the content, or the personal connection but, the film caught me by surprise. Undoubtedly, it caught the box offices by surprise as well. Being only a limited release film (791 theaters nationwide), it landed firmly in the Top Ten for it’s opening weekend at number 6.
If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest finding a theater near you that is carrying the film and then go and prepare to be surprised. Like me you may come out of the movie with all kinds of thoughts running through your head regarding modern day implications. This experience certainly makes me want to learn more about this driven and passionate man, William Wilberforce, who stood for abolition when it was not culturally popular.
From acclaimed director Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Coal Miner’s Daughter) comes Amazing Grace, a moving historical epic about the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce. Amazing Grace follows Wilberforce’s career through his 20’s and 30’s, as he and his fellow humanitarians make the issue of slavery a talking point, not only in political circles, but also throughout the country. They wage the first modern political campaign, using petitions, boycotts, mass meetings and even badges with slogans to take their message to the country at large. (www.the-numbers.com)