It came as a shock to get to know about it all at once yesterday: not only that there was the idea for a movie based on The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but also that the movie is already done, ready and out, and that it is directed by Anthony Minghella, and… that it stars Jill Scott! But there is more: the film is already getting a hard time from critics calling it “patronising”… And all this I got to know only yesterday!
My, where have I been in the last few months? Well, not in Botswana, that’s for sure.
Anyway, of course I can only reserve any personal opinion on the movie for after I’ve seen it (it will be on BBC on March 24). What I cannot avoid to point out now are these two things: this exchange where I expressed my view on the book, and this comment where I mention how much Jill Scott’s “Beautifully Human” and, specially,
“Golden”, marked my wonderings on the roads of Botswana… Now, how did it happen that it's exactly Jill Scott that ends up playing Mma Ramotswe, that beautifully human woman? I’m really gobsmacked!
Ah, before I forget: just found out that Mma Ramotswe also has a blog!
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Anthony Minghella (R.I.P.)