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Everything You Need To Know About The Secret Life of Bees …As It Relates To You And Your World The Actors, Director, Info, Reviews, and Photos
Set in South Carolina in 1964, here is the moving tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
QUEEN LATIFAH (August Boatwright) QUEEN LATIFAH (August Boatwright) Born Dana Elaine Owens. Raised in the Baptist Her work in music, film and television has earned her many awards Her brother's death led to a bout of depression and drug abuse, from which she later recovered. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
DAKOTA FANNING (Lily Owens) DAKOTA FANNING (Lily Owens) Born February 23, 1994 The youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award Most well-known films have been War of the Worlds, Charlotte's Web and Man on Fire Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
JENNIFER HUDSON (Rosaleen) JENNIFER HUDSON (Rosaleen) An Academy Award American actress, singer and model Stared as Effie White in the 2006 motion picture adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls She was raised Baptist Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
GINA PRINCE- BYTHEWOOD (Screenwriter/Director) GINA PRINCE- BYTHEWOOD (Screenwriter/Director) Born Gina Maria Prince Her husband is Reggie Rock Bythewood, also a film director and writer Directed include the films Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
SUE MONK KIDD (Novel) SUE MONK KIDD (Novel) The Secret Life of Bees has spent over 2 years on best seller list Chosen as the BookSense Paperback Book of the Year in 2004 Nominated for the prestigious Orange Prize in the U.K, among others Each of her novels has been translated into more than 22 languages Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Honeybees live in hives or colonies. A small hive contains about 20,000 bees, while some larger hives may have over 100,000 bees. Hives include one queen, hundreds of drones, and thousands of worker bees. ■ The worker bees are female, but they do not breed. ■ The queen bee is female and creates all the babies for the hive. ■ The drone bees are male and do not have stingers. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Owning and operating a successful bee farm and honey-making business, August Boatwright is the family matriarch running the household with a firm but loving hand with her sisters, the fiercely independent music teacher June and the innocent childlike May. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
The Boatwright sisters’ lives are disrupted when fourteen year-old Lily Owens and her caretaker Rosaleen appear on their doorstep seeking refuge. After fleeing with Rosaleen to Tiburon, South Carolina, a place surrounded by mystery and a strong connection to Lily’s mother, they find shelter at the Boatwright household. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Lily is immediately taken under the wing of August Boatwright as her new beekeeping apprentice. There she is given a comfortable place to explore and, for the first time in her life, just be. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Lily also discovers joy in the simple pleasures of life through her deepening relationship with the Boatwright sisters and soon comes into her own, determined to enjoy the sweet nectar of life for the first time. As a budding young woman who has left the place she once called home, Lily unexpectedly finds her true home and a family she has always yearned for. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Surrounded by the unexpected comforts, grace and deep rooted spirituality Lily encounters, she soon forms a maternal bond with each of these women whose unique and special gifts help reconcile the loss of her mother. Through the strength and female empowerment that embodies the Boatwright sisters, Lily ultimately comes to the realization that sometimes you must leave home in order to find it. Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun- Times: "As a realistic portrayal of life in rural South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees is dreaming. As a parable of hope and love, it is enchanting." Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
“THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is the story about the need for love, sisterhood and redemption that explores the undeniable desire for a sense of belonging and the often daunting journeys that we must navigate to achieve it.” --The producers “THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is the story about the need for love, sisterhood and redemption that explores the undeniable desire for a sense of belonging and the often daunting journeys that we must navigate to achieve it.” --The producers Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
A SIMPLE YET PROFOUND MOVIE! A SIMPLE YET PROFOUND MOVIE! “Most people have no idea about the complicated life goin’ on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about.” –August So true! The hive is a metaphor for all that inner complicated stuff that we all live with. The message in the story is simple yet profound: To find “home” with people that truly love and care for you brings healing to your inner turmoil (as exemplified in Lily). But more, to provide that sense of belonging to others (as demonstrated by August) is the greatest service and act of love you can give. Review © David Bruce
Liftin’ someone’s heart, now that matters. The whole problem with people is they know what matters, but they don’t choose it. -August “I can’t think of something I’d rather have more then someone lovin’ me.” -Lily Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
Jane Howard: “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: What ever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Photos © 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures. Review © David Bruce
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