By Audlem Webteam - 4th May 2007 7:03am
Don't forget, tonight a great film is coming to Audlem. It's at 7.30 PM when the film Amazing Grace is showing in Audlem Public Hall. Tickets (£5) can be bought in advance from the Post Office or you can take a chance on the night that there are still some seats left.
Amazing Grace is the recent release about the campaign against the slave trade in 18th century Britain, led by the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce. The title is a reference to the hymn "Amazing Grace" and the film also recounts John Newton's writing of the hymn.
The film stars Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce; Albert Finney as John Newton; Rufus Sewell as Thomas Clarkson; Youssou N'Dour as Olaudah Equiano; Benedict Cumberbatch as Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner, the woman William Wilberforce married. Richard Bailey and Michael Gambon (as Lord Charles Fox) also star.
The film was released on February 23, 2007 coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the date the British parliament voted to ban the slave trade. Despite being a film about the slave trade, it features few black characters — even the single reference to slave rebellions, in Haiti, credits Wilberforce with inspiring these. Director Michael Apted has said he did not set out to make another film such as Roots, but to explore the parliamentary legislative battle from the point of view of Wilberforce and the other anti-slavery campaigners in Britain.
The last feature film in the Public hall, Miss Potter, was a sell-out.
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