Matric dance finalists treated to movie at NuMetro

2017-12-06 06:01
: Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay star in ‘Wonder’.photo: supplied

: Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay star in ‘Wonder’.photo: supplied

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THE Port Elizabeth Express Miss Matric Dance finalists and guests had the privilege to watch the Wonder movie last Wednesday at NuMetro in Walmer Park Shopping Centre.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman.

Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

The story of a 10-year-old boy with facial differences becomes a multifaceted look at what it means to be human in the film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s bestseller Wonder.

Golden Globe nominee Jacob Tremblay (Room) tackles the one-of-a-kind role of Auggie Pullman, whose birth defects and multiple surgeries have kept him out of school – until now.

Jettisoned into what is for him the brave new world of the fifth grade, Auggie steps into an unexpected journey.

All Auggie ever wanted was to be an ordinary kid but, as his sister keeps telling him, you can’t be ordinary when you were born to stand out. Though he once found solace inside a space helmet, suddenly he must face a whole universe of gawking kids who don’t yet know how to face him back.

In a year, Auggie and all around him are transformed by the things that count most: friendship, courage and the everyday choice to be kind to everyone on your path.

Wonder stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, Academy Award nominee Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.

Standing up to bullying

Part of the Wonder phenomenon has been empowering young people to more confidently confront the poison of bullying, bigotry and ostracism. “The book has sparked international anti-bullying campaigns,” noted producer Todd Lieberman.

“One of the most important things is that the story explores the many different ways people get bullied. Emotional bullying is a big deal to me, and it’s one of the reasons I really responded to the book.

“Bad behaviour has been going on forever, but with social media you now have people treating others unfairly on an even wider spectrum, so the need for these kinds of stories is more timely than ever.”

Miss Matric Dance finalists

The 10 PE Express Miss Matric Dance finalists and their family and friends, as well as some of our readers had the privilege to watch the Wonder movie last Wednesday at NuMetro in Walmer Park Shopping Centre.

Before the movie started, the top three in the Miss Matric Dance competition were announced.

In third place was Anje Barkhuizen from DF Malherbe High School and in second place was the wild card winner, Caelyn Septoo from Chapman High School. Tamia Sauls from Alexander Road High School was the winner of this year’s competition.

#ChooseKind campaign

#ChooseKind is the movement inspired by the story Wonder, written by R.J. Palacio.

The movement encourages people to create and spread more kindness in the world.

The movement hopes to build a positive and inspirational social change across the world, inspiring people to practice random acts of kindness every day.

  • Wonder releases in cinemas nationwide on Friday. It has a running time of 113 minutes.

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