Brunson GREEN (Harbinger Pictures), Peter BEVAN (E-Motion)
Based on a true story, and in the vein of King's Speech, this sweeping epic tells the tale of the extraordinary life of Mary Seacole (Davis) and her unforgettable personal and professional relationship with Florence Nightingale. Mary Seacole was one of the most influential but forgotten heroes of the Crimean War. Seacole, a devoted nurse, leaves her home in the Caribbean when she receives letter from British friends fighting in Turkey—thousands are dying on the battlefield from a lack of medical care. She sells all of her possessions and travels to London to offer her expertise in tropical disease and field medicine. But she is turned away because of the color of her skin. Undeterred, the fearless and flamboyant Seacole sets up her own hospital on the front lines—becoming the first nurse to enter directly into battle to treat the wounded. Despite her heroics, Mary’s contemporaries look down on her for her unorthodox methods. Nightingale, the most famous of her detractors, attempts to sabotage Seacole’s efforts and shut down her hospital. When Mary is severely injured, Nightingale cares for her and the two women realize they are not so different. SEACOLE tells the world about this remarkable woman as she risks everything to save lives and change medicine forever.