A UNITED KINGDOM
Rating: PG 111' mild themes, violence and coarse language
Cast: David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike
Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Guy Hibbert
A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.
Reviews: "...a very high calibre piece of cinema."
- Sophia Watson, FILMINK Australia
Critics Consensus: "Well-acted, solidly crafted, and all-around worthy, A United Kingdom presents an absorbing look at a singular true-life love story." 89% Rotten Tomatoes
"All of this is neatly condensed into an old-fashioned tale about the importance of standing up to bullying, prejudice and pomposity. " Sandra Hall - The Age
"An astonishing story, well told." Paul Byrnes - The Age
"Directed by Amma Asante (who helmed Belle with a similarly sure and light touch) A United Kingdom is a powerful story told with grace, dignity and restraint." Vicki Roach Daily Telegraph Australia