classified 12A

Please note: This was screened in Feb 2017

Jeff Nichols
Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Jon Bass, Michael Shannon
123 mins, 2016, UK/USA

Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) directs Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (who has just been nominated for a Best Actress Oscar®) in this true story of a couple who waged a decade-long legal battle contesting the state of Virginia’s laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

In 1958, with the Civil Rights movement still in its infancy, Richard Loving (Edgerton), a white construction worker, proposes to Mildred (Negga), a black manual labourer, and she says yes. What should be a happy beginning to their life together soon becomes an arduous legal and political battle against the state and society, as they experience arrest, trial, forced exile, kids and, finally, a historic battle with the Supreme Court.

A sensitive and understated look and love and trust, Nichols' film recognises how far the world has come while implicitly reminding us how far there is still to go.