How exciting! I just love that we're beginning to see more of a variety of women of color filmmakers doing their thing on the big screen. I've been hearing about Amma Asante's new romantic drama, A UNITED KINGDOM for a few months now and had assumed that a studio had already picked it up, giving the success of her glorious 2013 film, Belle, and the fact that Hollywood middleweights David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike are in it. But, Fox Searchlight just announced today that they have acquired the film, making it the second consecutive feature collaboration with Asante.
In case you're unfamiliar, here's the synopsis of A UNITED KINGDOM:
A UNITED KINGDOM is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.
Along with the variety of WoC behind the camera, there has also been a significant array of narratives that realize characters fully: three-dimensional, human, and with agency in their own story. I'm looking forward to this.
A UNITED KINGDOM is scheduled to be released on February 17, 2017.