It is rare that I leave the cinema deeply offended with what I’ve just seen. Yesterday, after watching the just released Victoria & Abdul, was one such day.
As a Tory government plunges our country back into an isolationist dump, so too is British film and television regressively stuck in the past. A past, however, which it refuses to honestly interrogate.
Based on true events – “mostly,” as the opening credits confess – Stephen Frears’ latest work tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and an Indian servant (who is shipped from India, without a say in the matter, to gift the queen with a coin).
READ MORE HERE: AND VIEW VIDEO: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/victoria-and-abdul-white-wash-british-empire-colonialism-poverty-slavery-a7950541.html