Odeon Films' release of Amazing Grace coincides with 200th anniversary of abolition of slave trade in British empire

    The true story of a man who took on an Empire and the birth of the hymn
    sung around the world.

    TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - AMAZING GRACE, a moving historical epic about
anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce, will open in Canadian theatres on
March 23rd. The film's release coincides with the anniversary marking 200
years since the passing of the Slave Trade Act in British Parliament.
    From Walden Media and Bristol Bay Entertainment, producers of The
Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, and acclaimed
director Michael Apted, AMAZING GRACE tells the inspiring story of Wilberforce
(Ioan Gruffudd), a British MP and leader of the abolition movement, and his
struggle to pass a law to end the slave trade in the late 18th century. Along
the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition from members of Parliament who
feel the slave trade is tied to the stability of the British Empire. Several
friends, including Wilberforce's minister, John Newton (Albert Finney), a
reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge
him to see the cause through. Written by Academy Award(R) nominee Steven
Knight, the film boasts a tremendous ensemble cast including Benedict
Cumberbatch, Romola Garai, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Ciarin Hinds, Toby
Jones and Youssour N'Dour.
    Additional information and resources on the film and the ongoing campaign
to end modern day slavery can be found at the following sites:

    Film, cast, production: www.amazinggracemovie.com

    The Amazing Change Campaign: www.amazingchange.com

    Group sales and
    bookings: http://www.odeonfilms.com/title/incinemas/209?m=1

    AMAZING GRACE is distributed in Canada by Odeon Films., a division of
Alliance Atlantis(*) Motion Picture Distribution. Executive Producer is Jeanney
Kim, with Mark Cooper as co-producer. Producers on the film are Terrance
Malick and Ed Pressman under their Sunflower Productions banner, Patricia
Heaton and David Hunt for FourBoys Films, and Ken Wales.

    (*) "Alliance Atlantis" with the stylized "A" design is licensed from
    Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., an indirect partner of Motion
    Picture Distribution LP, not a general partner.

For further information:

For further information: Barb Matheson, Odeon Films,
barb.matheson@allianceatlantis.com, (416) 934-6956

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