Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Groundbreaking Loving v. Virginia Case Gets a Dramatic Retelling
Did we ever talk about the hugely criminally HBO documentary, The Loving Story, which explored the groundbreaking 1958 case between an interracial couple and the state of Virginia that went all the way to the Supreme Court? It aired back in 2011 and was met with little to no media surrounding it (and apparently I never wrote about it, since I can't find a post in the archives), but I was FASCINATED by this story. Yes, we see interracial couples all the time now on TV, but this is the couple whose case rocked the entire U.S. nation at a time when interracial romances were outlawed. The Loving Story exposed not only disgusting institutionalized racism, but it also shared a truly unbreakable bond between Mildred Jeter, a black woman married to a white man, Richard Loving.
Flash forward five years later and the story, still as relevant as ever with the vitriol thrown at actress Tamera Mowry and the family seen in this Old Navy ad, resurfaces with LOVING, the dramatic retelling of the Loving v. Virginia case starring Ruth Negga as Mildred Jeter and Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving and directed by Jeff Nichols (who helmed the terrified Take Shelter). Judging by my social media feed, it's all the rage at the Cannes Film Festival. And I couldn't be happier to hear it. I'm literally chomping at the bit desperate to see it right this minute.
Focus Features debuted the official poster yesterday:
My body is so ready. LOVING is slated to be in theaters in November.