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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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