A UNITED KINGDOM | PREVIEW

A UNITED KINGDOM | PREVIEW

Sat 29 Oct | 20:45 | Ritzy Brixton         BOOK NOW

Fri 4 Nov | 18:30  | Phoenix Cinema     BOOK NOW

The 4 Nov screening will be followed by a discussion with Susan Williams (author of The Colour Bar) via Skype, Donald Molosi (actor and playwright, Kabelo in A United Kingdom) and Trevor Mwamba (Anglican bishop and friend of Seretse Khama). Chaired by Chibundu Onuzo.

Dir. Amma Asante
UK. 2016. 110 mins. English. 12A

Fresh from its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival and opening the London Film Festival, A United Kingdom is 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. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike give powerful performances full of chemistry, while Amma Asante cements her role as the filmmaker bringing black historical stories into the mainstream.

A_Award_42px Eligible for the Film Africa 2016 Audience Award

 

Portraits of Amma Asante, Director of the film Belle.

Ama Asante is a writer/director who debuted her feature film, Belle, at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013 and received a strong reception and rave reviews. She was also honored with Variety’s Top Ten Directors to Watch in 2014. Asante brought her most recent film back to Toronto Film Festival, A United Kingdom starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. At the BAFTA Film Awards in February 2005, Asante received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Writer/Director in a Debut Film. On the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema’ and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for ‘Best Feature Film.’

 


The 4 Nov screening will be followed by a discussion with Susan Williams (author of The Colour Bar) via Skype, Donald Molosi (actor and plawright, Kabelo in A United Kingdom) and Trevor Mwamba (Anglican bishop and friend of Seretse Khama). Chaired by Chibundu Onuzo. LISTEN

Susan Williams is an historian and author of many books, most recently Spies in the Congo. The Race for the Ore that Built the Atomic Bomb (2016) and Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa (2011), which triggered a new UN investigation in 2015 into the death of the Secretary General.  Her book Colour Bar (2006), the story of the Founding President of Botswana, has been made into the major motion picture entitled ‘A UNITED KINGDOM’ (2016). She grew up in Zambia and has worked in Britain, Zimbabwe and Canada.  She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Donald Molosi is an award-winning actor and playwright, who was the the first Motswana to appear on Broadway. In A United Kingdom he plays the character Kabelo, and performs alongside Emmy Award-nominee David Oyelowo and Academy Award-nominee Rosamund Pike. As a playwright, Molosi is winner of numerous awards including the Robert Potter Award, the Dilling Yang Prize and the Sir Seretse and Lady Ruth Khama Brilliant Spirit Award. Molosi is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Folk Tale Theatre Company, Botswana’s leading arts ensemble. Molosi divides his time between Botswana, US and UK. His newly published collection of plays We Are All Blue includes Blue, Black and White, the story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams.

Chibundu
 Onuzo, a Nigerian author, started writing her first book aged 17. She became the youngest female to sign to publishing giant Faber & Faber at 19, and released her first book, The Spider King’s Daughter at 21. Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, is out in January 2017. She is currently completing a PhD on the West African Student’s Union at King’s College London. She tweets @ChibunduOnuzo