Date(s) - 14 Apr 2017
7:45 PM - 10:00 PM
A true story which took place simultaneously in the corridors of Westminster and the country now known as Botswana, in Southern Africa, just over than half a century ago. A United Kingdom is about the romance between Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), an insurance clerk from a background so emphatically ordinary, Nicholas Lyndhurst plays her father, and Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a nice chap she meets who happens to be the heir to the throne of the Bamangwato people of Bechuanaland, a protectorate that has been under British rule since the 1880s. After a year-long courtship, the couple marry in 1948, which makes Ruth the Queen of Bechuanaland-in-waiting. But this triggers immediate and severe diplomatic fallout: 1948 was the year in which South Africa, which borders Bechuanaland to the south, first drank deep of the poison of Apartheid. But there is also uncertainty back in Bechuanaland itself.
“Much of the film’s appeal lies in watching a loving couple look out for one another while forces around them conspire to make life as tough as possible.” Robbie Collin, Telegraph
“…a beautifully shot, crowd-pleasing gem,” Mark Kermode, Observer
“With terrific warmth and idealism – and irresistible storytelling relish – director Amma Asante gives us a romantic true story.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“A powerful and swooningly romantic drama.” Andy Lea, Daily Star
Admission £4.00 15s and under £2.50 Certificate 12A
Please feel free to bring your own wine, other drinks and snacks. Coffees, teas and Brookes Ice Cream will be on sale.