LET ROBESON SING (WORKING TITLE)

RACHEL SALMON LTD - as PROD

Drama - Development 2010

The man who would not be silenced.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Rachel SALMON
    • Synopsis
    • LET ROBESON SING (Screenplay by Rachel Salmon)
      Genre: Drama
      Let Robeson Sing, tells the true story of the friendship between actor, singer and early civil rights activist Paul Robeson and the miners of South Wales, led by Aneurin Bevan, who later founded the National Health Service.
      Winter 1929, Robeson encounters Bevan with a group of starving Welsh miners, outside the Royal Opera House, London, singing to raise money to get back to Wales, having walked 200 miles on a hunger march. Robeson immediately connects with the miners, he buys them a meal and pays for them to get back home to Wales.
      1957; Robeson is on the ropes, worn down by years of political struggle and state persecution. His passport has been seized, he is barred from leaving the US. Bevan and the miners invite him to sing at their Eisteddfod. They launch an international campaign to "Let Robeson Sing", but to no avial.
      All seems lost, until Robeson's son discovers that a telephone cable has just been laid across the Atlantic. Robeson sings down the line to the miners, who respond by singing "We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside".
      1958; Robeson's passport is finally returned.
      Robeson and Bevan are reunited in Wales.
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