Film: Victoria & Abdul

A new historical drama, opening in UK cinemas from 15 September, tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria, played by Judi Dench and Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk who travelled from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and begins to reclaim her humanity.

Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, has described the film as a “touching portrayal of ageing, love and loss”, while John Norley, Chief Executive of Age UK Medway, called it "a truly inspiring and endearing story."

Damaris Media is partnering with Mothers' Union to spread the word about the film. Queen Victoria was the first Royal Patron of Mothers' Union and the organisation believes in the power of relationships to bring down barriers - while Victoria & Abdul tells the story of one of the most unlikely friendships in history. There will soon be a special companion booklet available to download on their website, offering a glimpse behind the scenes of the film, and a chance to reflect on biblical themes of reconciliation and 'welcoming the stranger'.

Victoria & Abdul is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen) and stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Paul Higgins, Olivia Williams, Simon Callow, and Michael Gambon.

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