Amma Asante’s adaptation of Susan Williams’ ‘Colour Bar’ to open BFI London Film Festival

Friday 1 July 2016

A United Kingdom (2016)

A United Kingdom (2016)

Amma Asante, director of Belle (2013), will premiere her new film A United Kingdom at the BFI London Film Festival in October. The film is based on Colour Bar: the Triumph of Seretse Khama and his Nation (Penguin, 2007) by ICwS senior research fellow Dr Susan Williams.

Both follow the story of future first president of Botswana Sereste Khama before the then Bechuanaland’s independence from the UK in 1966. In particular the film focuses on the scandal of Khama’s marriage in 1948 to the white and British Ruth Williams which caused outrage in both Britain and in neighbouring South Africa, where the Hendrik Verwoerd’s National Party had just been elected and with it the start of the apartheid era.

A United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo (Selma) as Seretse Khama and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as his wife Ruth Williams. The premiere will take place at the Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday 5th October. For more information please visit the BFI website.