PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
at Alderman Peel High School, Market Lane, Wells NR23 1 RB
Directed by Amma Asante and starring Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo and Tom Felton
This film reminds us of a long-forgotten chapter of British history; a tale of imperialism and hypocrisy, class and racial prejudice in post-war Britain. South Africa had introduced apartheid and its neighbour Bechuanaland (now Botswana) had sent its Prince Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) to study law in London. There he met, fell in love with and married a white office worker called Ruth Williams (Pike). At that time, Britain was actively supporting its Commonwealth member's apartheid regime;Bechuanaland was a British protectorate. This inter-racial marriage was fiercely opposed both by their own families and by the governments of the countries involved. The chemistry between the couple on screen, while decorous and of its time is totally convincing and moving.
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