Tuesday, 31st January, 2017 - 7:30 pm
TICKETS: £5.00, Film Society Members £3.00
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
A United Kingdom (Cert 12A)
Dir Amma Asante USA/UK/Czech Republic 2016 111 mins
With great warmth, style and wit a forgotten romance from dowdy post-war Britain is dusted off and given new life in this film based on the true story of an African prince who, while studying in England, fell in love with and married a white British woman in the 1940s. David Oyelowo stars as Seretse Khama, the son of the king of the Bamangwato people, in what was then the British protectorate of Bechuanaland. His courtship of and marriage to British office clerk Ruth Williams (played by Rosamund Pike) in 1947 provoked widespread social disapproval and caused an international diplomatic scandal. After their marriage Khama was exiled from Bechuanaland in 1951, partly in an attempt to placate an apartheid-riven South Africa. Having giving up royal status, the Khamas were allowed to return to the country in 1956, and Seretse Khama would go on to found the Bechuanaland Democratic Party and become the first president of Botswana when independence was gained in 1966.
The film also stars Jack Davenport and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
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