• Screening Dates: 12th October, 6 pm   //  19th October, 8 pm
  • Starring: Joel Edgerton, Rut Negga, Martin Csokas
  • Directed by: Jeff Nicholls
  • Running time: 123 mins
  • Rating: M

DRAMA:  Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton play Mildred and Richard Loving, the real-life interracial couple whose marriage in 1958 placed them in the crosshairs of the vindictive Virginia anti-miscegenation laws. The film opens in the late 1950s, when Mildred and Richard are young, in love, unmarried though already they have the natural intimacy of long-term couples. The film lightly traces the arc of the Lovings’ story, including their decade-long legal fight to live in their home state as husband and wife. When the authorities are tipped off about their marriage (we never learn by whom), both Richard and Mildred are wrenched from their bed and imprisoned. They are given a suspended sentence, conditional on their leaving the state for 25 years. They comply, but a life in inner-city Washington DC is not what Mildred has in mind for her three children. Her letter to Bobby Kennedy asking for help catapults the couple into the public eye as their marriage, so private and cherished, becomes public property as part of a landmark Supreme Court case. Less of a courtroom drama, we see how the uncomplicated easy naturalness of their relationship stands in stark contrast to the impossible situation in which the couple find themselves.