A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

British period biopic starring David Oyelowo (Selma) as Botswanan prince Seretse Khama and Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as Ruth, together a mixed race couple whose marriage causes an international stir.

"London, 1947. Jazz lovers Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams meet at a Missionary Society dance. The evening is electric, perhaps in part because both know their attraction is fraught. She's an accomplished office worker, and white. He is a charming law student, and black. What he can't tell her at first is that he's also a prince, first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). But despite the obstacles, it's love.

"When the time comes for Seretse to return home to lead his people's independence movement, he impulsively proposes to Ruth. She accepts, but no one else does — not her family nor his. Neither does South Africa's government, which controls uranium Britain badly needs, and stands on the eve of making apartheid a national policy. They won't tolerate an interracial couple leading a neighbouring country, so Britain begins to work against what once seemed like the simple love between Seretse and Ruth." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Violence111 minsUK
Drama
97%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Treats their love story like another Disney princess movie, reducing the drama to a series of polite disagreements between the couple and the cardboard officiates who opposed their union.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Oyelowo and Pike capture their characters' courage, but never the romance that kept their belief burning.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Exactly the film you imagine it's going to be: handsome, honey-coloured and simplistic.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

...this movie has candour, heartfelt self-belief, and an unfashionable conviction that love conquers all - though not immediately.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Elegant, intelligent, evocative and emotion-inducing cinema.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It just misses the epic impact it's striving for.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

For those in need of a gentle thought-provoking romantic distraction from the festive rush, you'd do far worse...

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A rousing true love story brings African history to life.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It glides romantically along on the surface while political turmoil boils away underneath. Its plea for tolerance isn't subtle, but it's a story that deserves to be told.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

It's pleasant and honourable, and it makes a worthwhile point. But it's strangely lacking in urgency, a period piece that never breaks out of its period.

3.0
0

A United Kingdom (2016) is an historical bio-pic of forbidden love and political intrigue. Beautifully filmed on location in exotic Botswana with a top-tier cast, it tells the true story of British colonial exploitation in a small powerless country and an inconvenient romance that threatened the Empire’s strategic interests in South Africa in the 1940s. At...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Treats their love story like another Disney princess movie, reducing the drama to a series of polite disagreements between the couple and the cardboard officiates who opposed their union.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Oyelowo and Pike capture their characters' courage, but never the romance that kept their belief burning.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Exactly the film you imagine it's going to be: handsome, honey-coloured and simplistic.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

...this movie has candour, heartfelt self-belief, and an unfashionable conviction that love conquers all - though not immediately.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Elegant, intelligent, evocative and emotion-inducing cinema.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It just misses the epic impact it's striving for.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

For those in need of a gentle thought-provoking romantic distraction from the festive rush, you'd do far worse...

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A rousing true love story brings African history to life.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It glides romantically along on the surface while political turmoil boils away underneath. Its plea for tolerance isn't subtle, but it's a story that deserves to be told.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

It's pleasant and honourable, and it makes a worthwhile point. But it's strangely lacking in urgency, a period piece that never breaks out of its period.

3.0
0

A United Kingdom (2016) is an historical bio-pic of forbidden love and political intrigue. Beautifully filmed on location in exotic Botswana with a top-tier cast, it tells the true story of British colonial exploitation in a small powerless country and an inconvenient romance that threatened the Empire’s strategic interests in South Africa in the...

4.0
0