The love affair that shook an empire, A UNITED KINGDOM is the extraordinary true story of Seretse Khama, a Prince of Bechuanaland (now modern day Botswana), who caused an international scandal when in 1947 he fell in love with and married office worker Ruth Williams, a white British woman.
In a world of segregation and imperialism, the relationship between Seretse and Ruth - played magnetically by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike - symbolised a threat to the status quo. Urged on by the South African government, which had just introduced the policy of apartheid and found the prospect of a neighbouring nation being ruled by a biracial couple intolerable, the British government threatened the Commonwealth protectorate of Bechuanaland and urged for the annulment of the Khamas’ marriage, nervous of losing control of South African gold and natural resources. The couple found opposition within Bechuanaland as well, with Seretse’s subjects uneasy about the implications of accepting a white woman who could one day be their queen. But none of their opponents counted on the fact that the love between Seretse and Ruth was incontestable.
Masterfully helmed by director Amma Asante (Belle), A UNITED KINGDOM is a romantic period drama that shines a light on an event that changed Africa, and a love that defied the might of a colonial power.
Advance screenings from December 22, season commences December 26
Release Date: December 22, 2016
Running time: 1hr 51mins