6/13/2017

MOVIE REVIEW

TITLE: A United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION: 2016 drama based on the true story of Botswana's first president and his controversial marriage to a white woman.

DIRECTED BY: Black British female director Amma Asante (Belle)

WRITTEN BY: Guy Hibbert (Eye In The Sky) based on the 2007 book Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khame and his Nation by Susan Williams.

STARRING:

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox. The BBC, British Film Institute, French film studio Pathe and star David Oyelowo helped produce it.

MY TAKE: I liked it. I was fascinated by the historical background. A dying British Empire trying to retain power while dealing with America, the Soviets, African rebels and an obnoxious South Africa.

NOTES:
  • Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Relatively broke even, making $14 million on a budget of $14 million.
  • Filmed in Botswana and London.
  • The house they stay in was the real house they actually lived in.

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