A UNITED KINGDOM might be a small film by Hollywood standards but it packs a powerful emotional jolt. Here is the amazingly true story of the trials of interracial marriage. To complicate matters, imagine being the future King of the African nation of Botswana and falling in love with and marrying a white Englishwoman. Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams had remarkable love story survived against all odds. Ironically, it's the British government that does everything in their power to keep Seretse separated from his loving wife and beloved homeland.
It's a wonderful experience when a story is based on fact and the viewer craves to find out the full story. Seretse fought for the rights of his people and to bring Botswana democracy and prosperity. The current President of Botswana is the son of Seretse and Ruth. These facts alone would be enough to entice a viewer but it only gets better. 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.
The chemistry between actors David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike is truly electrifying. Here are two wonderful and under appreciated actors at the top of their form. Oyelowo is an actor to watch with an impressive array of roles (Martin Luther King in SELMA and Robert Katende in QUEEN OF KATWE). An amazing cast all around makes A UNITED KINGDOM a stellar production.
Yes, A UNITED KINGDOM is a small film that tells a true story of undying love and political hijinx on the highest levels. It is a refreshing break from visual effects fueled super heroes of Hollywood. Here is the story of two very human super heroes who dramatically changed their world for the better.