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An Interview with “Amazing Grace” Director Michael Apted
by Chris Monroe of ChristianAnswers.net

For Apted personally, I asked him how he was affected by working on this project. He said:

I was very impressed with it all. I truly thought it delivered the things I was really looking for. I really did think it was heroic. I thought his [Wilberforce] commitment to it [the abolition of the slave trade] – and I take that he got a tremendous amount of that from his faith, from his religion – it gave him enormous strength and inner strength to survive what was a real buffeting. And also his expertise as a politician I liked…

Instead of eliminating the “religious” or Christian aspect of Wilberforce’s life, Apted fully acknowledges it in the film. But Apted did not just shoot the script he was given.

Concerning the script, I asked Apted if there were any elements he felt he needed to take out or emphasize, particularly with the subject matter of politics and Christianity. He says:

…I felt that the script I had was too imbalanced away from politics. It just seemed such a dynamic event – the political event – which dramatized his religious beliefs so well, so exquisitely, in fact, that he didn’t have to preach or sermonize. It was all through action. And it wasn’t even doing less of it – it was more rebalancing it.

Read the full interview at Christiananswers.net

Other Amazing Grace interviews with Michael Apted are available over at ComingSoon.net, Christianitytoday.com

2 Responses to “An Interview with “Amazing Grace” Director Michael Apted”

  1. on 24 Feb 2007 at 3:37 pm Rob

    Saw the movie today. BRAVO!

  2. on 26 Feb 2007 at 8:57 am Jo Manning

    What a wonderful, uplifting movie! Everyone in it is first-rate.

    My only quibbles are that there are a number of errors of fact — House of Commons doesn’t have “Lords” — Ban Tarleton and Charles James Fox (and he is always referred to Charles James, not Charles) were commoners — and of resemblance — see Sir Joshua Reynolds’ famous portrait of Tarleton — he is short, muscular, sandy-haired, not a big tall guy like Ciaran Hinds. Likewise, Fox was heavy and hirsute — always had a 5 o’clock shadow — not a trace of lookalike in Michael Gambon.

    Tarleton did not get back to England until after the surrender of Cornwallis. Not sure the timeline of his membership in the House of Commons is clear.

    This sort of thing jars researchers. I read about Fox and Tarleton when researching/writing my biography of Grace Dalrymple Elliott (My Lady Scandalous, Simon & Schuster, 2005).

    But, what a marvelous film, overall! Gruffudd is fabulous, as are Romola Garai, Albert Finney, and all the other actors.

    I hope it does well.
    Jo Manning

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