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‘A United Kingdom’ to Open BFI London Film Festival, Boosting Awards Chances

21 June 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom,” a historical romance starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, is set to open the 60th BFI London Film Festival. The two leads play King Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and London office-worker Ruth Williams, respectively, a black man and white woman who wed in 1947 in the face of their families’ (and governments’) protestations.

Read More: Watch: ‘Belle’ Writer/Director Amma Asante Talks Defining and Empowering Yourself

Asante, whose “Belle” tackled similar material, said in a statement that “It’s a great privilege that ‘A United Kingdom’ has been selected as the Opening Night Film of the BFI London Film Festival. The Festival means a lot to me personally, having showcased my very first film, ‘A Way of Life,’ here and been honoured with the UK Film Talent Award. I’m a proud Londoner and in ‘A United Kingdom’ we’ve been able to »

- Michael Nordine

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A United Kingdom to open the 60th BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BFI has announced that Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom is set to serve as the Opening Night gala of the 60th BFI London Film Festival, with its European premiere set for Wednesday, October 5th.

A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

David Oyelowo (Selma) stars as Seretse Khama, with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) playing his future wife Ruth Williams. They are joined in the cast by Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden (’71) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey).

Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom is testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history, »

- Gary Collinson

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Amma Asante’s 'A United Kingdom' to open BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike to receive European premiere at Lff.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) will open with director Amma Asante’s (Belle) drama A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

The film will receive its European premiere at the festival on Wednesday Oct 5, marking the second consecutive year that London has opened with a film from a female director following last year’s opener Suffragette.

Cast and filmmakers are expected to attend the screening, which will be cinecast across the UK.

Set in the late 1940s, the true story centres on Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo), who caused an international stir when he married white British office worker Ruth Williams (Pike).

Screenplay comes from Guy Hibbert (Eye In The Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton ([link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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BFI London Film Festival to open with Amma Asante’s 'A United Kingdom'

21 June 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike to receive European premiere at Lff.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) will open with director Amma Asante’s (Belle) drama A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

The film will receive its European premiere at the festival on Wednesday Oct 5, marking the second consecutive year that London has opened with a film from a female director following last year’s opener Suffragette.

Cast and filmmakers are expected to attend the screening, which will be cinecast across the UK.

The story centres on Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo), who causes an international stir when he marries a white woman (Pike) from London in the late 1940s.

Screenplay comes from Guy Hibbert (Eye In The Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng ([link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Amma Assante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ to open 2016 BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Amma Assante‘s A United Kingdom has been announced as the opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival.

The film is the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.

A United Kingdom is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. The cast is led by David Oyelowo (Selma) as Seretse Khama with »

- Paul Heath

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Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ to Open BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amma Asante’s third feature “A United Kingdom,” which stars “Selma’s” David Oyelowo and “Gone Girl’s” Rosamund Pike, will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 5.

Asante won the BAFTA for most promising newcomer for her debut “A Way of Life,” and followed that with “Belle,” which won best actress for Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the British Independent Film Awards.

A United Kingdom” tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

The Lff gala screening, which will be the film’s European premiere, will be attended by Asante, Oyelowo and Pike. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings in movie theaters across the U.K.

The film’s screenplay is penned »

- Leo Barraclough

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Exclusive: Trailer For War Drama ‘Guernica’ Starring James D’Arcy, Jack Davenport & María Valverde

23 May 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Pablo Picasso brought his own abstract view to the horrors that unfolded in the lead up to WWII in his famous painting “Guernica,” but now director Koldo Serra brings those events to life in the film of the same name. And today we have the exclusive trailer debut for the movie that details an important […]

The post Exclusive: Trailer For War Drama ‘Guernica’ Starring James D’Arcy, Jack Davenport & María Valverde appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Edward Davis

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Grey's, Bones, Flash, Grimm, Arrow and More!

12 April 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Is Grey’s Anatomy‘s Callie pondering a major move? Will a S.H.I.E.L.D. duo find time for love amid war? Will The Flash unmask another mystery man? Is Grimm setting the stage for -Biest Fight Round 2? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

RelatedMay Sweeps Scorecard 2016: Deaths, Breakups, Weddings, Firings, Sex, Resurrections, Time Jumps and More!

I’m guessing that on Grey’s Anatomy, Callie will want to take Sofia and move across the country to be with Penny, and that’s what will cause the Calzona tension. Please »

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Jr Bourne & Toby Hemingway Join Syfy Pilot ‘Prototype’

24 March 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Teen Wolf‘s Jr Bourne and Toby Hemingway (Black Swan) are set as series regulars opposite Cote de Pablo and Jack Davenport in Prototype, Syfy's sci-fi thriller drama pilot written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). It centers on three unlikely cohorts — two of them played by de Pablo and Davenport — who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger. Bourne will… »

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NCIS Alum Cote de Pablo Eyes TV Return in Syfy Pilot Prototype

10 March 2016 6:43 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Ex-NCIS leading lady Cote de Pablo is inching closer to a full-time TV return.

The actress is in final talks to play the female lead opposite Smash‘s Jack Davenport in the Syfy pilot Prototype, Deadline reports.

RelatedCote de Pablo Opens Up About NCIS Exit (‘No Second Thoughts’) and Ziva’s Possible Return

The potential series, written by 24: Live Another Day scribe Tony Basgallop, centers on three unlikely people who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics.

De Pablo — who recently starred in the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers — is poised to play Laura Kale, »

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Cote de Pablo Poised To Star In Syfy Pilot ‘Prototype’

10 March 2016 5:57 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: NCIS alumna Cote de Pablo is nearing a return to series television. I have learned that the fan favorite is in negotiations to play the female lead opposite Jack Davenport in Prototype, Syfy's sci-fi thriller drama pilot written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). It centers on three unlikely cohorts  — two of them played by de Pablo and Davenport — who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a… »

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Alice Eve, Jack Davenport sign up for 'The Stolen'

10 March 2016 2:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Niall Johnson is directing the New Zealand-set period adventure film.

Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Carribean) will star in Niall Johnson’s adventure film The Stolen, which will shoot in New Zealand in May.

Set during the country’s gold rush of the 1860s, Eve will play an upper class British woman searching for her kidnapped child in a perilous wilderness inhabited by ex-cons, with Davenport playing her romantic charge.

New Zealand native Emily Corcoran, who was an associate producer on BAFTA-nominated The Survivalist, wrote the screenplay and will also produce.

Premiere Picture is providing financing along with Red Rock Entertainment, Head Gear Films and New Zealand philanthropist Sir Douglas Myers.

Also starring are Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy), Ariadna Cabrol (Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer), Gillian MacGregor (A Lonely Place To Die) and Cohen Holloway (What We Do In The Shadows).

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Jack Davenport To Star In Syfy Pilot ‘Prototype’

2 March 2016 4:27 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Smash alum Jack Davenport is set to topline Prototype, Syfy’s sci-fi thriller drama pilot written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). It centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger. Davenport will play the now aging playboy and former Silicon Valley wunderkind, Edward "Eddy" Conway, who has retreated from the tech world to… »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #97. Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom

5 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A United Kingdom

Director: Amma Asante

Writer: Guy Hibbert

Following the critical success of her 2013 sophomore film Belle (read review), which showcased the impressive talents of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, actress turned director Amma Assante assembles acclaimed talents Rosamunde Pike and Davie Oyelowo for this tale of forbidden love, which filmed in the UK and Botswana. A United Kingdom details the tribulations of Seretse Khama, the man who would become the first president of Botswana after gaining freedom from England, his marriage to a white woman would compromise his relations with surrounding countries which deemed such a union illegal.

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, David Oyelowo

Production Co./Producers: Brunson Green, David Oyelowo, Peter Heslop, Charlie Mason, Rick McCallum, Justin Moore-Lewy

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Pathe (international).

Release Date: Fox Searchlight managed to give Assante’s handsomely assembled Belle the platform it deserved, and her continued recuperation »

- Nicholas Bell

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