The Secret Life of Bees

The Movie

Sue with Cast of Bees

Left to Right: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo
Seated: Sue Monk Kidd and Director, Gina Prince-Bythewood (Photo by Sidney Baldwin)

The Secret Life of Bees was made into a major motion picture by Fox Searchlight, starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo. Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and opening in theaters October 17, 2008, the movie went on to win the People’s Choice Award for Best Movie and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

The screenplay was written by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who also directed the film. Producers were Lauren Shuler Donner, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Joe Pichirallo and James Lassiter. The DVD was released February 3, 2009. Read More

Click here to watch the film trailer.

Click here to read raves for the movie.

Sue’s Visit to the Movie Set

January 25

“We’re not lost, are we?” I ask my husband, Sandy.

“No,” he tells me. “It just looks like we are.”

We are on our way to tiny Watha, North Carolina to visit the movie set for The Secret Life of Bees, driving through the winter-brown  countryside north of Wilmington. It is so cold the horses in the fields are wearing blankets and the rain puddles have edges of ice. In the movie, it is supposed to be July.
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