12 Nov 6:00 pm: A United Kingdom
Director: Amma Asante
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Former child actor turned director Amma Asante’s follow-up to her acclaimed 2013 feature Belle is another real-life story based on a love affair that crossed class divisions, racial bias and social conventions. David Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) whose relationship with London office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) caused an international stir in the 1940s.
Adapted by Guy Hibbert from Susan Williams’ 2007 biography Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation, Asante’s latest offering makes great use of its two main locations: London and Botswana. Celebrating the triumph of love and intelligence in the face of oppression and intolerance, A United Kingdom reveals a complex and painful period of British history. It also confirms Asante as one of the most important voices in British cinema.
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike
Produced in: UK
Running time: 111 mins