February Films

Coming to a local cinema near you - this film is due for release to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. Created by Walden Media (who created the recent “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” film) this film features Ioan Gruffudd ( as William Wilberforce), Toussou N’Dour (as Oladah Equiano), Albert Finney, Michael Gambon and Rufus Sewell and is directed by Michael Apted.

Advance reviews suggest it’s a film to engage our hearts and minds. Though there are one or two diversions from historical accuracy, the film uses a mixture of flashbacks and scenes of what slave trading would have been like as it follows that later stages of William Wilberforce’s 20 year campaign to abolish the slave trade.

The film shows how people of character, motivated by the Christian faith can fight injustice and change society. To fulfil our calling as disciples of Christ we don’t have to be vicars, Salvation Army officers or missionaries. We can serve the purpose of God in politics, business, education as did many of the Abolitionists. For those that enjoy a good love story the film also depicts William Wilberforce’s romance with Barbara Spooner, and their engagement after just two brief weeks of courtship.

Rated as a film of many levels, not to be missed, it offers a great opportunity to discuss how our faith affects the way we live and how the Christian faith has influenced citizenship in this country and helped make us the people we are today. If you want a sneak preview go and look at the stills and other information on the official film website www.amazinggrace.com