During the 20th century, the United States of America was not an easy place to be for African Americans. Segregation existed for much of the century and black citizens were forced to go out of their way to ensure they followed unjust laws which rendered them second class citizens. As you can imagine, travelling was much more dangerous for black Americans that for whites, and there were plenty of areas which were to be avoided at all costs.
In order to aid black motorists, Victor Hugo Green published a series of books called The Negro Motorist Green Books, which were more commonly refereed to simple as ‘Green Books’. These books were sold in gas stations and informed black travelers where they would be able to find places that welcomed business from African Americans who wanted to to sleep, eat, and shop. As we recently reported, the first Green Book was published in 1936 and more followed until segregation, for the most part, came to an end in the late 60s.
If you’re intrigued by that period of history, and by how these handy books served such a useful purpose, then you may want to check out an upcoming film that is inspired by the Green Books, and is based upon a real story about a white driver who drove a black pianist on a tour that went through the deep South. Called Green Book, the film stars Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards) and Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, Captain Fantastic) as they play two characters who end up as unlikely friends.
“Green Book was a project that I kept thinking about after I had read it,” Ali said. “If you look at these two archetypes [in films], it’s so often the black guy is serving as some sort of grounding force and reality check who’s coming from a low-income or working class environment, for the wealthier, more affluent character… I really responded to the fact that it was flipped on its head the way that it was, and the fact that it was based on a real relationship.”
Green Book is set to be released later this year on November 21.
The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.
The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!
The 1998 novel is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, “a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.” Along with Anya Epstein, Barbara Kingsolver will be adapting her own novel for the screen- a boon for literary purists who are wary of screen adaptations which lose their essence in translation.
The novel was a Pulitzer prize finalist, and has been called ‘breathtaking’, full of ‘humour and love’, with Kingsolver named as one of the finest writers of her generation.
Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.
The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.
Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.