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March 11, 2007


Chris Bigelow

There was a little surge in the news here when LDS president Gordon B. Hinckley attended this movie. I wonder what he thought of it.

Jeff Sharlet

Jana -- I just discovered your blog through the RNA's new blogfeed site. I've been wondering what you've been up to since I read the Buffy book. Glad to see you're busy. I'll bookmark the blog.

As for Wilberforce, I agree about its merits and lack thereof as a film. I think a more interesting movie -- and a more complicated and urgent movie -- could have been made around the figure of Clark, the wildman abolitionist who urged Wilberforce to lead a British revolution. That, to me, was the painful "what if" moment of the film. What if he had? Would the French Revolution have devolved? The fact that Wilberforce refused to do so explains why so many on the far Christian Right -- Chuck Colson, Sam Brownback -- revere Wilberforce.

Good to read your stuff, Jana.


Jeff! Great to hear from you. Yes, that fellow was such an interesting character, and so underdeveloped. Caricatured, even. I was bothered by the obtrusive score of this film, especially when Clark talks of fomenting revolution. Lots of ominous cello and screeching violins.


Thanks for the blog regarding the film, Amazing Grace.

Just wanted to let you know that this weekend and next, supporters of the Amazing Change Campaign are hosting Amazing Nights Of Grace, in a concerted effort to get everyone talking about the issue of modern day slavery. The Amazing Change is a social justice campaign launched in conjunction with the release of Amazing Grace to abolish modern day slavery.

Plan your own Amazing Grace event and use the film to discuss your activism, faith, and other important themes from Amazing Grace. All the tools are ready for your use. The steps to plan your own event can be found at the following website:


Learn about people continuing the work of William Wilberforce today at http://www.theamazingchange.com. Thanks again for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any support by contacting us through this page.

The Amazing Change Campaign

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