Film Club 3rd May 8pm – ”A United Kingdom”
Dir: Amma Asante USA, UK, Czech Republic 2016 111mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael , David
Oyelowo Language: English
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 by his vision for a better world, he was struck by her willingness to embrace it.
Both felt liberated by the social upheaval that followed the war – Seretse
sensed the opportunity for change as the Empire weakened, Ruth saw the
possibility for a “bigger life” as women pushed for independence and equality.
They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not
only by their families but by the British and South African governments.
The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the
notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to
South African uranium (vital for the British nuclear program) and gold (vital
to replenish reserves following the war) and face the risk of South Afri
ca invading Botswana.