A United Kingdom

Certificate 12A

(2016) 111 mins

Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Cinematography: Sam McCurdy
Production Design: Simon Bowles
Music: Patrick Doyle


A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (a British protectorate, now modern-day Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), the London office worker he married in the 1940s in spite of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Asante, in collaboration with the screenwriter Guy Hibbert, has managed to recover once again a long-forgotten chapter of Britain’s history – one of political intrigue, “subversive” racism and colonialism – one in which love crosses all boundaries and taboos.


“Getting A United Kingdom made has been a labour of love for Oyelowo, and the story’s David-and-Goliath aspect and mix of power, politics and race give it blockbuster potential. It’s a shame, then, that it suffers from some painfully simplistic characterisation, particularly regarding the British establishment. . . Nonetheless, it’s an amazing real-life tale, and the brutal realpolitik underpinning it (with neither Clement Attlee nor Winston Churchill emerging with any credit) still carries powerful resonance.”  theartsdesk.com

The chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike results in a beguiling performance with compelling and light-hearted moments played with sincerity and a light elegance.”  Cineuropa



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