Small Island (TV Film)

What Is It?

The 2009 television drama film Small Island that was directed by the director John Alexander and stars Naomie Harris and Ruth Wilson and Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo, and was based on the book Small Island by the author Andrea Levy.

Masterpiece Classic: Small Island
Small Island – BBC Title by Peter Anderson Studio

What is it about?

This is how DVD Netflix describes this television movie:

When Hortense (Naomie Harris) leaves her native island of Jamaica and lands in 1948 London, she dreams of making a better life for herself and expanding her social opportunities.

Instead, she’s confronted with racism and life’s harsh realities.

One of the harshest is her marriage of convenience to a man (David Oyelowo) she doesn’t love.

John Alexander directs this televised adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel.

My Thoughts

I saw the DVD cover for this television movie when I was shelving on my shelver job at The BP Library last year, I think, and I was surprised to see that Ruth Wilson and Benedict Cumberbatch were in the same film so I was curious to watch it to see how those two would interact with each other and because it seemed like it could be interesting because it would probably explore several different topics (like World War II, racism, ethnocentrism, race, et cetera).

This television movie was okay, I thought that it would be better though, and I felt that Benedict Cumberbatch was wasted in this film and I did not like his character and his character was underutilized.

Ruth Wilson was good as usual, and she made up for the disappointment that I had in Mr. Cumberbatch’s character and his under-use in the film.

Small Island – Benedict Cumberbatch – Ruth Wilson – BBC

The end,

  • John Jr

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