Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Release Date: February 23, 2007

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know.” That was William Wilberforce’s conclusion to his three hour debate in the Houses of Parliament before Members of Parliament voted on his Abolition Bill in 1789. And this is how “Amazing Grace” became a song no one will ever forget. William Wilberforce was born into the age of the Great British Empire, when the country’s influence around the globe was at its most powerful. It was, however, an age when the rumblings of social discontent were emerging and a time when reformers faced an uphill struggle to be heard. A good friend and staunch colleague of England’s youngest ever Prime Minister, Pitt the Younger, Wilberforce was entrusted with the policy for the Abolition of Slavery. Torn between a life of spirituality and a career in politics, he was inspired to take his desire for the equality of all mankind into the House of Commons. Seeking the advice of John Newton, a former slave trader who turned to the Church in order to atone for his earlier life, Wilberforce became the rallying voice in Parliament for a fragmented group of like-minded people to fight for the cause and make the people of Britain, and ultimately the world, acknowledge the horror of the Slave Trade. The sugar trade was at the heart of the British economy, and it depended entirely on slave labour. With the majority of MPs representing the sugar and slave trades opposing Wilberforce in the House of Commons, he faced a mammoth task in attempting to persuade them to abolish slavery. His prowess as an orator, coupled with his firm belief that abolition was his vocation, made Wilberforce a formidable opponent. Throughout his turbulent career, he was keenly supported and inspired by his wife Barbara’s love and commitment to the cause.

Genres: BiographyDramaHistoryRomance
Directed By: Michael Apted
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: BMD
MPAA Rating PG