Feature Films

Opening Night Film

Stephen Williams
Cornelia Burleigh, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Dianne McGunigle, Zahra Phillips, Stefani Robinson
Jess Hall
Principal Cast:
Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Minnie Driver, Ronke Adekoluejo, Sian Clifford, Marton Csokas, Alec Newman, Alex Fitzalan, Jim High
Chevalier (Opening Night)

Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette and her court. Kelvin Harrison Jr. gives a tour de force performance as the composer, while Ronke Adekoluejo as his mother, Lucy Boynton as Marie Antoinette, Sian Clifford as a wealthy patron, and Samara Weaving and Minnie Driver as dueling opera singers give pitch-perfect work as the various women who disrupt his life for better or for worse. Music also plays a major role in this film and the score is composed by AFF alum Kris Bowers, who also composed the scores for Academy Award-winning movies Green Book and King Richard and the hit television series Bridgerton. This powerful film exposes parallel issues of racism, sexism, and classism that existed in pre-revolutionary France that still persist in the United States today.

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