A UNITED KINGDOM
packed audience swooned at its romance, laughed
at its wry humour and cheered its moments of triumph
and it struck me that, for all its progressive importance,
this is first and foremost an impressively crowd-pleasing
piece of intelligent screen entertainment.
United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true
events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana,
met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They
were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage
was challenged not only by their families but
by the British and South African governments.
The latter had recently introduced the policy
of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial
couple ruling a neighbouring country intolerable.
South Africa threatened the British: either thwart
the couple or be denied access to South African
uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa
invading Botswana. .
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