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The true story of a love that shook an empire

A United Kingdom (2016)

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The inspiring 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 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.

Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Guy Hibbert

Release Date: 2016-11-25
Status: Released
Run time: 111 min / 1:51
Budget: $14,000,000
Revenue: $13,819,139
Production Company : Pathé!
Production Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: 2016-11-25
Status: Released
Run time: 111 min / 1:51
Budget: $14,000,000
Revenue: $13,819,139

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Casts

David Oyelowo
as Seretse Khama
Rosamund Pike
as Ruth Williams-Khama
Tom Felton
as Rufus Lancaster
Jack Davenport
as Sir Alistair Canning
Terry Pheto
as Naledi Khama
Laura Carmichael
as Muriel Williams
Jessica Oyelowo
as Lady Lilly Canning
Vusi Kunene
as Tshekedi Khama
Nicholas Lyndhurst
as George Williams
Arnold Oceng
as Charles
Anastasia Hille
as Dot Williams
Charlotte Hope
as Olivia Lancaster
Theo Landey
as Nash
Abena Ayivor
as Ella Khama
Jack Lowden
as Tony Benn
Zackary Momoh
as Oluwu
Nicholas Rowe
as Fenner Brockway
Billy Boyle
as Reverend James Manners
Conny Stadler
as Missionary
Kevin Hand
as Manager
Ray Burnet
as Reverend Leonard Patterson
Anton Lesser
as Prime Minister Attlee
Michael Howe
as Terence Bernard
Donald Molosi
as Kabelo
Julian Firth
as Mr. Speaker
Duncan Wisbey
as Commonwealth Under-Secretary
Rupert Vansittart
as Sir Ian Fraser
James Northcote
as Roberts
Merveille Lukeba
as Joe Appiah
Femi Ogunbanjo
as Man from Rhodesia
Paul Putner
as Porter
Will Featherstone
as Reporter
Danny Babington
as Reporter
Dave Perry
as Idiot
Craig Whittaker
as Idiot
Dean Roberts
as Idiot

Crew

Directing Amma Asante Director
Production Brunson Green Producer
Camera Sam McCurdy Director of Photography
Sound Patrick Doyle Original Music Composer
Production Peter Heslop Producer
Production David Oyelowo Producer
Production Rick McCallum Producer
Production Justin Moore-Lewy Producer
Production Charlie Mason Producer
Writing Guy Hibbert Screenplay
Writing Susan Williams Book

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  • A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments.

  • ‘A wholly believable bond’: Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in A United Kingdom. Photograph: Pathe UK A s a female British film-maker of Ghanaian heritage, the director Amma Asante broke several glass ceilings when her third feature, A United Kingdom , opened the London film festival in October.

  • There’s a difficult tonal tightrope being walked on at the heart of A United Kingdom, the new film from Amma Asante, based on the real life relationship between Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) and ...

  • A United Kingdom trailer: interracial marriage causes outrage in true story Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, a young man in London in 1947 studying law; he is fact a prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), a British protectorate which effectively submits to imperial rule – via a native tribal council – in return for security and stability.

  • Based on the true story of the former king of Botswana and the British woman whose marriage in the late 1940s caused an international uproar, “A United Kingdom” is restrained to a fault. Director Amma Asante hits all the notes you’d expect in tastefully artful fashion.

  • A United Kingdom Rated PG-13 for some rough language and depictions of racism. Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes.

  • Savagely under-rated, A United Kingdom is 2016's hidden gem 25 March 2017 | by dfhampshire – See all my reviews A United Kingdom is a true and gripping tale which handles it true historical source material with aplomb.

  • "A United Kingdom" is being referred to as a political and romantic drama and though it is a political film bringing events, and people, that may have not been known or remembered such as recent films like "Loving" and "Hidden Figures" to me it is one of the best love stories I have seen in a long time.

  • A United Kingdom makes the most of a titbit of history. Aspects of this true story connect to all sorts of history well known, yet little of its history is known. This is a connect-the-dots history.

  • A UNITED KINGDOM is the first feature film to be made in Botswana. The actual house where Seretse and Ruth lived is used in the film. Here is realism at its best.