Why Did It Take So Long For Halle Berry’s Latest Film,”Frankie And Alice,” To Be Released?

April 1, 2014  |  

A few months ago, we reported on Halle Berry’s new movie Frankie And Alice.

“The biopic, “Frankie and Alice,” revolves around the life of Frankie Murdoch, a Black ’70s go-go dancer who struggles to maintain her sanity after finding out she suffers from multiple-personality disorder. Interestingly, Frankie struggled with two distinct personalities — a 7-year-old version of herself and Alice, a Caucasian bigot southern belle who was constantly in conflict with Frankie’s actual race and culture. “

In 2011, Berry earned a Golden Globe for Frankie & Alice although the film was not featured in the United States. It originally was produced in 2008 and released for one week in Los Angeles for awards consideration, The Daily Beast reports. The reason why it is being released in the States now, is because of Codeblack Entertainment. Codeblack is known for producing and distributing movies that feature black performers.

“The answer could simply be a numbers game. One film financier contacted for this story, who ‘fought really hard to bring Frankie & Alice to market’ this week, speculates that whatever plan was in place back in 2011 may have simply fallen through. In the end, there may not have been enough money to sufficiently advertise for the film in support of its release. But the question remains, why would the money have been pulled? Especially with a Globe nomination to the film’s credit? The exec, who chose to remain nameless, goes on to say that it isn’t unreasonable to think that the race card may have come into play here.”

Some suspect if Halle Berry were white, there would have been immense funding. Others have speculated, due to the theme of mental illness, companies decided to steer clear. There’s also the issue of whether Berry’s box office record had anything to do with it. She’s had a few stinkers. These claims may be wrong, it is safe to say black people should work to create and support their own projects for themselves.

Check out the trailer of Frankie And Alice below.

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