A United Kingdom Saturday 13th January 2017in the Village Hall Stars: David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 51mins Rated: PG-13
This relates the extraordinary true events that began in 1947 when Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a London office worker. They were a perfect personal match, but 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 mixed race couple ruling a neighbouring 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. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana. Much like the Director Amma Asante's preceding picture ‘Belle’, there's an indelible charm and striking aesthetic that makes for absorbing cinema. Handsomely shot on locations in the UK and Botswana, “A United Kingdom”contrasts sweeping exteriors with fusty interiors, breathing rich visual life into the battle between an entrenched establishment and an emerging republic. This is the true story of a marriage that shook the world and defeated an empire, and in which David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pikegive remarkable performances.