The Help

    Some members of The Right Copy team were more than moved when they read this book and were very excited when we received word that a film adaptation was in the works.

     

    A bad perm. Toilets. Civil rights. Not your idea of an ideal weekend, per se, but it will be. Why? The Help has finally reached UK cinemas.

     

    The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, is a smart, bold, and witty look back at a darker chapter of our history. Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen, and Octavia Spencer as Minnie, are featured in this film as three very different and extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960’s; a time when Jim Crow was present, African Americans were still very much the serving class for whites.

     

    These three women build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project of Skeeter’s, that breaks societal rules and puts their safety at risk. Skeeter, a recent college graduate who returns to her family’s Mississippi plantation after college graduation, feels the need to publicise the truth of what’s going on around her in Jacksonville, and write about her hometown, one of the most racist and dangerous places in America at the time. More so, she wants to write it from the perspective of the help—what black women working for wealthy white families in Mississippi in the early sixties felt about their lives, about their employers, about the way they were treated.

     

    Through this uncommon alliance and risky project, these women prove that rules are made to be broken, lines are made to be crossed, and courage should always prevail. Appalling, touching, audacious, and at times, a tear-jerker, this film is the sort that shouldn’t be missed.

     

    Words by Lauren Migliore

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