History can be learnt by many different and interesting ways, such as films or plays, so today I invite you to close your books and take a break to watch a film. But not any film, you must watch Amazing Grace.
Amazing Grace is a historical drama that won’t disappoint you. Its plot will delight you as much as its cast, wich is constitued by experienced actors that know how to give you the chills. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the roll of William Pitt and he’s basically conspicuous by his absence as he doesn’t appear in many scenes, but in the ones he does he just shines. The main characters, Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce and Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner, are so amazingly portrayed that make you believe you’re in the Great Britain of the 1790.
The film begins with Wilberforce severely ill and taking a holiday in Bath, Somerset, with his cousin, Henry Thornton. It is here that he is introduced to his future wife, Barbara Spooner. Although he at first resists, she convinces him to tell her about his life. The story flashes back 15 years to 1782, and William recounts the events that led him to where he is now, focusing on his fight for the abolition of the slave trade.
I hope you enjoy it!