A United Kingdom

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A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. The attraction was immediate: she was captivated by his vision for a better world, he was struck by her... read more
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A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. The attraction was immediate: she was captivated by his vision for a better world, he was struck by her willingness to embrace it. Both felt liberated by the social upheaval that followed the war - Seretse sensed the opportunity for change as the Empire weakened, Ruth saw the possibility for a "bigger life" as women pushed for independence and equality. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium (vital for the British nuclear program) and gold (vital to replenish reserves following the war) and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Despite the terrible pressures they faced, Seretse and Ruth never wavered - they fought for their love every step of the way, and in so doing changed their nation and inspired the world.

Original Release

11/25/2016

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Cast

David Oyelowo Seretse Khama
Rosamund Pike Ruth Williams
Jack Davenport Sir Alistair Canning
Tom Felton Rufus Lancaster
Terry Pheto Naledi Khama
Laura Carmichael Muriel Williams
Charlotte Hope Olivia Lancaster
Jessica Oyelowo Lady Lilly Canning
Nicholas Lyndhurst George Williams
Arnold Oceng Charles
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Directors

Amma Asante

Writers

Guy Hibbert, Susan Williams

Cast

David Oyelowo Seretse Khama
Rosamund Pike Ruth Williams
Jack Davenport Sir Alistair Canning
Tom Felton Rufus Lancaster
Terry Pheto Naledi Khama
Laura Carmichael Muriel Williams
Charlotte Hope Olivia Lancaster
Jessica Oyelowo Lady Lilly Canning
Nicholas Lyndhurst George Williams
Arnold Oceng Charles
Anastasia Hille Dot Williams
Jack Lowden Tony Benn
Vusi Kunene Tshekedi Khama
Theo Landey Michael Nash
Abena Ayivor Ella Khama
Oliver Barker Crowd
Graham Curry Press Photographer
Karl Farrer Reporter
Matt Jones Press Journalist
Solomon Taiwo Justified African Student

Producers

Editors

Jonathan Amos, Jon Gregory

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