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David Oyelowo Calls On ‘Captains of Industry’ To Bring Real Diversity To Film And Television

10 October 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“There’s nothing like the smell of diversity in the morning.”

David Oyelowo opened the Black Star Symposium at the BFI South Bank in London last week with a joke – actually a comedy routine, during which he suggested that talking about diversity, for him, was akin to Idris Elbe being asked yet again about James Bond.

But this was simply a softening up of his audience of actors, filmmakers and industry movers and shakers. Oyelowo really could have been wearing Colonel Kilgore’s army fatigues (rather than a dapper white suit), because hereafter he was in fighting mood, at the heart of a discussion about the limited opportunities for black actors on screen in the Us and the UK – and what more can be done to effect “positive change.”

The gathering was the headline industry event of this year’s London Film Festival, which opened with a screening of Amma Asante »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ Starring David Oyelowo & Rosamund Pike Is An Engaging Crowd-Pleaser [BFI London Film Festival Review]

5 October 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 2013, nearly ten years after her BAFTA-winning directorial debut “A Way Of Life,” British director Amma Asante returned with “Belle.” It was the kind of film ignored by much of the cinephile blogosphere, but proved to be a sleeper indie hit (outgrossing movies like “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “Snowpiercer”), and was well-liked by critics in the know, who found not a stodgy period piece, but a spry, deeply smart film that introduced issues of race and identity into a familiar Jane Austen-ish setting in a way that felt truly vital.

Continue reading Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ Starring David Oyelowo & Rosamund Pike Is An Engaging Crowd-Pleaser [BFI London Film Festival Review] at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Amma Asante: ‘I’m here to disrupt expectations’

2 October 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As her movie A United Kingdom opens the London film festival, the British director talks about her new membership of the Us Academy – and why the whole industry needs to change

Amma Asante is drinking tea – “If you have PG Tips, all the better,” she calls to the retreating waiter – in the plush quietness and gleaming surfaces of London’s Cafe Royal. Despite traffic jams and torrential rain, she is impeccably calm, certainly calmer than many film-makers would be had their latest production been selected to open this year’s London film festival. But Asante, whose previous films A Way of Life and Belle garnered her high praise and multiple awards, including a Bafta, is clearly a star in the making – and possibly also a star-maker; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whom she cast in her breakthrough part as the title character in Belle, has just appeared opposite Matthew McConaughey in the American »

- Alex Clark

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Amma Asante, industry pay tribute to Welsh producer Peter Edwards

14 September 2016 4:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edwards, a producer on Asante’s debut feature A Way Of Life and the first chairman of Ffilm Cymru Wales, has died aged 68.

Industry have paid tribute to director and producer Peter Edwards, who has died at the age of 68.

Jones was the first chairman of Ffilm Cymru Wales, the country’s film promotion agency, and was a producer on features including Amma Asante’s 2004 debut A Way Of Life, which won four Welsh BAFTAs and the Carol Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer at the 2005 BAFTAs.

Belle and A United Kingdom director Asante wrote on her Facebook page:

“I am so so sad today to hear that Peter Edwards, the man who gave me my break in film has passed away. I can’t get rid of the lump in my throat. It would take any essay to outline everything he creatively gifted to me. Needless to say, there would be »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Toronto Facetime: Amma Asante on Race, and ‘A United Kingdom’

8 September 2016 10:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-born director Amma Asante, the daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, has tackled racism in all three of her features:  “A Way of Life” (2004), “Belle” (2013) and her third Toronto world premiere, the interracial relationship drama “A United Kingdom.” She talked to Variety about making the transition from child actor to helmer and her very personal connection to her work. What made you want to be a director? When I was 14 and acting on my series “Grange Hill,” I recognized this young actor’s amazing ability to communicate, and loved watching it unfold. After trying to become an adult actress and realizing there wasn’t much work out there, I wanted to stay in a world where I could tell stories. You began landing development deals at age 23 with the BBC, Channel 4 and Chrysalis, then named your production company Tantrum Films. Why? There is or was a sense that if you’re »

- Gregg Goldstein

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Tiff 2016 Women Directors: Meet Amma Asante — “A United Kingdom”

8 September 2016 12:31 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Amma Asante’s previous directing credits include “Belle” and “A Way of Life.” Both films premiered at Tiff. Asante has been named by…

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- Rachel Montpelier

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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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Cannes: Protagonist Boards Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’ (Exclusive)

15 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sales agent Protagonist Pictures has boarded “Where Hands Touch,” the latest movie project from director Amma Asante, who won a BAFTA for most promising newcomer for “A Way of Life,” impressed with her second film “Belle,” and has just finished editing “A United Kingdom,” which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Actress, musician and activist Amandla Stenberg, who appeared in action-thriller “Colombiana” and “The Hunger Games,” has been confirmed as the female lead in “Where Hands Touch.”

The film, which has been developed through the BFI and is produced by Asante’s Tantrum Films and Pinewood Pictures, is set in Germany during World War II and is about the relationship between a 16-17 year-old German mixed-race girl and a 19-year-old German soldier. “It’s really about two teenagers who are coming of age against a back-drop of utter madness… teenagers who are witnessing horrible, sad, devastating elements of our humanity, »

- Leo Barraclough

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