BEFORE you know it, summer blockbusters will be over and it’s time to get ready for Oscar-worthy films. Two such films are Marshall and Battle Of The Sexes –onedeals with racism and the other tackles sexism, but both are based on true stories.
Marshall (pic) sees Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman play a young Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
As the trailer shows, Thurgood is a practising lawyer in Baltimore who stares racism straight into its eyes – be it fist fighting, drinking from white-only water fountains, or recruiting a Caucasian attorney (Josh Gad) as his partner.
This trailer also lists out all of Thurgood’s achievements before shifting focus towards its central case: representing a man servant (Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us) accused of attacking his white mistress (Kate Hudson).
Marshall is set to open in the United States in October.
The fight for equality is also the theme in Battle Of The Sexes ,a match that happened on Sept 20, 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King took the fight to the tennis court to prove that a sportswoman is not inferior to a sportsman.
A fight that still goes on today in major sports, whereby women are earning so much less than men. Tennis however has gained traction in the equal pay fight – as reported by The Guardian: “All Grand Slam tournaments have offered equal prize money since 2007.”
The trailer shows King (portrayed by Emma Stone) talking about the fact that women should be paid and respected equally. And not helping matters is chauvinist tennis player Riggs (actor Steve Carell tackling the role with much gusto).
Battle Of The Sexes opens in the US in September.