Another Challenge Post

I think it’s time for another challenge post. This one comes from the ever charming Lee from Quit Your Day Job, a talented artist and all-round nice bloke.

His suggestion is if you had to describe yourself via a film, which one would it be, and why?
That’s actually a REALLY tough question. I’ve actually been thinking about it for a couple of weeks trying to pin down a film that actually describes me in any way, and I’ll have to admit, I am absolutely stumped.
However, I can think of a couple films that have actually shaped who I am as a person, so perhaps those will suffice (Lee? I hope so!)
The first one is a movie that I have loved for many, many years. The Colour Purple.
I actually can’t remember the first time I saw it, I think I was in my early to mid teens. The reason it speaks to me so much is because Celie maintains her dignity despite the horrific way she is treated her whole life. I was inspired by her strength and the beauty that shines from within Whoopi Goldberg in this role too. I guess the outwardly funny-looking woman who has suffered at the hands of many people in her life just spoke to me.
Another that really resonated with me was Amazing Grace starring Ioan Gruffudd and Albert Finney.
I saw this one a couple of years ago at the cinema and was so deeply moved by the story of abolitionist William Wilberforce that I needed some quiet time afterwards to digest all the lightbulb moments that I had throughout the film. The one big thing I got from this movie was that greatness isn’t about grandiosity. Strong, steady convictions are worth just as much as huge grandiose gestures… if not more. It also spoke to me a lot about my spirituality and belief systems.
So there you go, a couple of films that made me think about who I am and what is important to me.

June 14, 2009. Amazing Grace, challenge post, movies, Quit Your Day Job, The Colour Purple.

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