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Though it’s been largely overshadowed by Jeff Nichols’ poignant drama Loving hitherto, Amma Asante’s Brit period drama A United Kingdom is beginning to stage its marketing push ahead of a release in February 2017.
Much like Nichols’ picture before it, A United Kingdom chronicles the journey of an interracial couple – played here by David Oyelowo and Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike – fighting tooth and nail to shield their forbidden love during the formative years of apartheid in South Africa. Considered a taboo union by all those around them, here we see Oyelowo and Pike’s lovestruck characters clinging on to some semblance of humanity, even if that means turning their backs on the British empire. Asante’s period piece features a script penned by Guy Hibbert, and though it appears to boast all of the necessary ingredients to become an awards favorite – the true-life romance, the historic context – the »
- Michael Briers
With tensions spreading across the Arab world, in particular in the Middle East and Southwestern Asia throughout 2016, Morocco proved, more than ever, the go-to destination for foreign filmmakers.
Indeed, Morocco managed to draw a large volume of foreign films and series, including many high-profile U.S. productions in 2016, in spite of the fact that the much-anticipated tax incentive failed to kick in at the start of the year.
Among the biggest productions that chose Morocco were Brad Anderson’s “High Wire Act” with Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm, Alexandre Moors’s “The Yellow Birds” with Jennifer Aniston, Per Fly’s “Backstabbing For Beginners” with Ben Kingsley, Jason Hall’s “Thank You for Your Services” with Amy Schumer, as well as the trailers for “The Mummy” and “Allied,” and episodes of “Prison Break,””The Missing,””Viking” and “Homeland.”
- Elsa Keslassy
A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.
A United Kingdom is scheduled to be released on February 17, 2017.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and opened in UK cinemas in November.
- Michelle McCue
"I will never achieve anything worthwhile if I leave my heart here..." Fox Searchlight has debuted a new official Us trailer for the romantic drama A United Kingdom, which premiered to positive reviews out of Tiff a few months ago. The film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and their governments. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star as the couple. The cast also includes Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope, and Jessica Oyelowo. This film, along with Jeff Nichols' Loving, are two films that show the power of love and how it transcends race and class and other barriers of society. I'm still looking forward to catching this film myself. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Amma Asante's A United Kingdom, »
- Alex Billington
If you find yourself in the mood for love next February but aren’t really feeling the kinky thriller vibe of Fifty Shades Darker, consider waiting a week for A United Kingdom. The new drama by tells the story of Seretse, the king of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana), who meets and falls for Ruth Williams, a white commoner from […]
- Angie Han
7 December 2016 2:12 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Written by Guy Hibbert and adapted from Susan Williams' book Colour Bar, Amma Asante's historical drama tells the story of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), a member of the royal family in Bechuanaland, a former English colony in Africa that would become Botswana. He shocked the world when he married white British bank clerk Ruth Williams (Pike) in 1948, when interracial marriage was illegal.
"Father will hate him on sight — he's cleverer than him, and he's black," Pike is »
- Ashley Lee
In this year’s “Loving,” Jeff Nichols depicted with subtle grace the true story of an interracial couple who fought for the simple right to legally declare their union. And now from across the globe comes another true story with the same idea at the core, only this time where the stakes aren’t just a relationship, but the very structures of power within the British empire.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Belle director Amma Asante returned with another historical drama this year, A United Kingdom. Premiering back at Tiff and now set for a February release from Fox Searchlight, the story follows David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama, a former African royal who married Englishwoman Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), causing a great deal of controversy. Ahead of the release, the first U.S. trailer has now landed.
We said in our review,”In the end, the wonderful performances merely prove part of a serviceable historical drama with a desire it can’t quite fulfill of being more. The central love becomes a catalyst; the romance I believed would sustain us proving a hot-button issue at the worst possible moment that simply gets the ball rolling and mind working to separate natives and colonizers once and for all.”
- Leonard Pearce
“The Blair Witch Project” director Dan Myrick directed “Under the Bed” from his own script. Inspired by true events, “Under the Bed” follows a young woman who is trying to get over a recent romantic breakup, while unbeknownst to her, an obsessed stalker befriends her on social media and takes up residence in her home.
“Under the Bed” will premiere on Jan. 7. The movie was financed by Justin Shaner’s Sobe Brooke Studios in partnership with Radar Pictures, Appian Way and producers Shawn Papazian and Richard Halpern. The latter also receives “story by” credit.
- Dave McNary
Moana, the latest Disney animated musical offering, topped this week’s UK social media buzz chart, according to marketing firm Way To Blue.
The Pacific Island-set film, featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and newcomer Auli’I Cravalho, amassed 6,800 comments across social media, news, forums and blogs this week.
Of those commenters, 11% expressed intent to view.
The second buzziest title of the week was Amma Asante’s drama A United Kingdom, which premiered last week in the UK and will premiere in the Us in February. The feature, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, garnered almost 3,500 social media comments, 196 of which expressed intent to view.
No other title this week recorded a signiciant number of comments, but social »
MaryAnn’s quick take… Insistent chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike fuels a true story of passionate romance with an urgent message about love as radical and political. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Here is a story to drive bigots crazy. And it’s even true.
In 1947, Seretse Khama was a young man from the British protectorate of Bechuanaland in southern Africa studying in London when he met Ruth Williams, a young English woman. They fell in love, and that upset all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons. He was black, and she was white, and both their families took issue with their romance for the usual stupid irrational reasons. But the governments of both countries also freaked out. Seretse was heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Much like her last one, Amma Asante’s newest feature is purposefully subversive. The director’s sophomore effort, 2013’s Belle, took the English period drama and swapped the generic pretty white debutante out for a young black woman, while A United Kingdom, Asante’s latest based-on-fact tale, is a historical romantic epic that keeps the standard porcelain beauty but makes the dashing leading man a black African.
The very title of the film is subversive, a reference to poor, troubled Bechuanaland, the home of David Oyelowo’s Seretse Khama, rather than misty old colonial-era Great Britain, where Seretse first meets Rosamund Pike’s Ruth Williams. Early scenes set in 1940s post-war London deliberately toy with conventions, as law student and secret royal Seretse begins a whirlwind romance with Ruth, a local clerk, with neither initially acknowledging their color at a time when interracial relations were a major taboo.
When the »
- Brogan Morris
Amma Asante is no stranger when it comes to mixing the personal and political. As with her second feature, 2013’s Austenesque period piece Belle, Asante dusts off and illuminates another historic humanist story, earnestly transporting it to a global platform with a vividly crafted Hollywood sheen. A 1947 post-war London sees insurance clerk Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) and imminent heir of Bechuanaland (modern day Botswana) Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) daringly lock eyes in amongst a swirl of tepid jazz music and smoke at a local missionary society dance. Their connection is instant and intimate yet also exceedingly dangerous.
Adapted from Susan Williams’ novel Colour Bar, A United Kingdom initially rushes the whirlwind yearlong courtship which is interspersed with fractured familial relations (on both sides) and vulgar societal racism. »
To celebrate the moving love story A United Kingdom we’re giving 1 reader the chance to win a signed film poster, a copy of the book “Colour Bar”, which inspired the film, and an “Inspiring Stories” DVD bundle which includes Mandela, Selma and Suffragette. Two runners up will also bag themselves a copy of Colour Bar.
To be in with a chance to win all you need to do is answer the following question correctly.
Who plays the role of Seretse Khama in A United Kingdom?
A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events.
In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. The attraction was immediate: she was captivated »
- Paul Heath
There is a wonderful photograph of Seretse and Ruth Khama sitting together on a rocky hill above the plains of what would later be renamed Botswana, with Seretse as its first president. You can’t see his eyes behind his aviator sunglasses, but you can see a slightly pained look in Ruth’s, as well as a defiance in her clasped hands. The marriage, less than two years earlier, of a white British woman to the heir to the leadership of Bechuanaland’s largest tribe was opposed by just about everyone – their families, Seretse’s Bamangwato people, the British government (which held Bechuanaland as a protectorate) and the South African government, which couldn’t countenance an interracial couple leading its neighbouring country. »
- Emine Saner
Ahead of its release this Friday, we’ve spoken to director Amma Asante and star David Oyelowo about their new film A United Kingdom, which tells the true story of the relationship between Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). Take a look at the interviews below, along with the official synopsis for the film…
See Also: Read our review of A United Kingdom here
A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
A United Kingdom is set for release on November 25th. »
- Gary Collinson
The Thunderbirds are back.
Season Two of the revived Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go continues the adventures of the family of heroes, International Rescue. The series highlights the five brave Tracy brothers and their covert operative Kayo and how they pilot their remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles to perform near-impossible rescue mission, from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space.
Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures with Weta Workshop, the series is made with a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets—paying tribute to the old fans of the shows and attracting a new generation to the Thunderbirds.
Lrm had a phone interview earlier this month with voice actor David Graham, who is reprising his role as Agent Parker from the original series. We had an extensive talk over the show—both the original and the new show. It was also fun to reminisce »
- Gig Patta
A United Kingdom clips: Ama Asante directs this superb love story set in both the UK and Bechuanaland in 1948. The film will be released in UK cinemas from Friday.
Watch the new A United Kingdom clips below.
It debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival before taking a huge bow by opening the London Film Festival just a couple of weeks later, and finally A United Kingdom is released nationwide this coming Friday, 25th November. Ahead of the release, we have two new A United Kingdom clips to share, which you can view below.
The film tells the incredible true story of an interracial marriage that shaped a nation and inspired the world. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, the film tells the incredible true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of »
- Paul Heath
Playing as the opening film for this year’s London Film Festival Amma Asante’s compelling A United Kingdom is one of the year’s best films. Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo lead the film along with Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Jack Lowden and Jessica Oyelowo. We have interviews with Oyelowo and Pike already published, which you […]
- Jon Lyus
Rosamund Pike appears alongside David Oyelowo in Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom which enters UK cinemas on the 25th of November. Hayley Donaghy sat down with Pike, whose profile has risen considerably since her roles in Jack Reacher and David Fincher’s Gone Girl, to talk about this important new film. Oyelowo and Pike are supported […]
- Jon Lyus
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