History has so many stories yet to be told and Slavery in the Caribbean is definitely one of them. With this beautiful TV drama, BBC is making a great contribution to this challenging storytelling.
'The Long Song' is a 3 episodes serie, directed by Mahalia Belo. It serves as a small screen adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same name by Andrea Levy.
Set during the dying days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, it follows the trials, tribulations and survival of a wily, strong-willed slave July on a plantation owned by her odious mistress Caroline Mortimer.
Starring Tamara Lawrance, Hayley Atwell, Jack Lowden and Sir Lenny Henry.
I had the joy to have a small part in it, giving life to one of the characters : Mary Ellis. A first-gang field ‘worker’ on the Amity plantation, living among a group of former slaves, all dealing with their overwhelming, exciting and chaotic freshly acquired freedom.
I’m truly grateful for this opportunity. I’ve been so moved and proud to, somehow, honour the memory of those put into slavery without ever having the chance to tell their story with the depth and complexity it demands.
‘The Long Song’ will air on BBC One at 9pm on the 18th of December over three consecutive nights until the 20th December.
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