A United Kingdom (2016) Tuesday, 07 July 2020

A United Kingdom (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    No man is free who is not master of himself.

  • Starring:

    David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo

  • Directed by:

    Amma Asante

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)


    A man is jumped by several men in the street: men punched/tackled/thrown to the ground; woman slapped. An angry mob are beaten with sticks, a man is pelted with objects. Men in boxing ring (punching/headbutting). A man is repeatedly threatened. Drawing of lynched man with the words "N*ggers out"). A woman jabs her baby to make her cry (off-camera). Arguing, yelling. Objects thrown/knocked off table. Fighting, bloodshed, violence, war, injured fighter pilots, Stalin, Jim Crow, atomic bomb mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody head, nose, eye. Childbirth scene (woman screaming in pain). A woman collapses. Woman in hospital beds. Malnutrition, diptheria, malaria mentioned.


    Couple kiss/caress/undress (sex implied). Couple seen in bed together. Flirting, kisssing, hugging. Shirtless men.


    Alcohol (spirits, beer, cocktail, sherry). Bar setting, intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, pipes).


    Name-calling (monkey, n*gger, fool, coon, scum, slut, whore, bastard, savage, yobs, pawns, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh God, what in God's name, what the devil, deal with the devil).


    Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, Ruth Williams, racism, sexism, colonialism, love, apartheid, segregation, British rule, exile, scandal, discrimination, post-war London, childbirth, equality, family, duty, mining, history, true stories.


    Engagement, wedding, childbirth scene. Estranged family, estranged uncle. Dead parents, divorce mentioned. Giraffe, rhino, goats, cows, horses, water birds. Planes. Animal heads on walls/animal skin seen. Brief subtitles. Based on Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams. Inspired by true events.


    Rich, stirring, satisfying, rousing, crowd-pleasing, earnest, warm, idealist, romantic, gutsy, solid, competent, heartfelt, sweet, compelling, moving, handsome. Believable chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, remarkable true story, compelling subplots, lovingly photographed, romantic score, near-flawless period look.


    Cautious, straight, cosy, sentimental, basic, oversimplified. Gets a little sentimental/schmaltzy/dry/boring, workmanlike/clumsy screenplay, expository/on-the-nose dialogue.

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