U25 & Students
Disabled or Unwaged
Director: Stephen Williams
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton
Duration: 107 mins
"★★★★ – hits all the right notes" – Evening Standard
"★★★★ – neglected 18th-century Black virtuoso finally gets his due" – Guardian
Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Elvis, Cyrano) gives a knockout performance as composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the son of a wealthy plantation owner and enslaved teenage maid, as he rises through French society.
A man of myriad astonishing talents, he was an accomplished fencer, colonel of the first all-Black regiment in Europe, and a virtuoso violinist.
Chevalier charts a period in Joseph’s extraordinary life in which he became Chevalier to Marie Antoinette, came close to leading the Paris Opera, composed an opera in the process and fell head over heels in love.