WHO’S IN IT?
David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Jack Davenport (The Boat That Rocked), Jack Lowden (’71), Terry Pheto (Tsotsi), Vusi Kunene (The First Grader), Donald Molosi (film debut), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Charlotte Hope (The Theory of Everything), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), Laura Carmichael (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Abena Ayivor (Machine Gun Preacher)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Amma Asante (Belle), director; Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), writer; Brunson Green (The Help), Peter Heslop (Regret Not Speaking), Charlie Mason (The Open Road), Rick McCallum (Red Tails), Justin Moore-Lewy (96 Minutes) and David Oyelowo (Captive), producers; Patrick Doyle (Thor), composer; Sam McCurdy (The Devil’s Double), cinematographer; Jonathan Amos (Attack the Block), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In post-war 1940s Britain, Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) – the heir to the throne of Botswana – meets and falls in love with local white woman Ruth Williams (Pike). Their eventual marriage sparks outrage across the world, from the authoritative British government that seeks to keep the apartheid method unaltered, to the displeased tribe leaders who greet Seretse and Ruth back in Botswana…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Director Amma Asante has made a powerful story that documents the love and sacrifice from two very different people from wildly different backgrounds, but whose love for each other eventually defeated an empire.