2016 has come with another movie about forbidden love based on race. First we haveLovingset in 1950s Virginia, USA – a true story which stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. Today we have A United Kingdom, another true story of the love between African royalty (Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana) and a non-royal caucasian woman from London, England…
As is the case with LovingI’m looking forward to watching love win in A United Kingdom.
Directed by Amma Asante of Belle (2013) I’m excited for my faith in humanity to be renewed once more.
Jack Davenport, Arnold Oceng, Laura Carmichael and Charlotte Hope also star.
At the centre of Director, Amma Asante’s film is the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.
Brought to England from the West Indies to live with her aristocratic great uncle and his wife, the young Dido over time, learns of the matters of class and rank that rule her new world. A world with laws she simply must not accept, for the sake of her own dignity, happiness and sense of self.
Great performances, particularly from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Reid.
Watch it for the story of an admirably strong young woman, a courageous young man, a beautiful love story and great characters from an interesting and important time in history – 18th century England, when slavery was still a grave and common reality.
As is the case with most historical films I watch, I’m left with a sense of gratitude for the times in which I live and reminded of how things do change; rarely at a satisfactory pace, but change they do.