Wednesday 21st March 2012

The Help

Cert (UK): 12A; 2 hrs 26 mins

Director: Tate Taylor

Cast: Allison Janney, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Mike Vogel, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek, Viola Davis

Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, the film tells how Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), a feisty young, white would-be writer, convinces two black maids, Aibileen and Minny (Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer), to work secretly with her on a book about their experiences. Skeeter wants the maids to reveal, anonymously, the hardships routinely inflicted on them by the wealthy families whose food they cook and whose children they raise – thereby winning them a valuable step towards true racial equality and her a big fat publishing deal.

While the story takes place at a time of seismic social upheaval, the film sidesteps politics for the most part and instead concentrates on specific personal injustices – particularly those meted out by Jackson’s Queen Bee, the meticulously-coiffed Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), whose conniving small-mindedness is neatly summed up in her ongoing campaign for the town’s maids to use separate bathrooms from their employers.

Film £5 Supper £5. Doors and bar open 7.00pm, Film 7:30pm, Supper 10:00pm

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