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Character: Ruth Williams
Directed by: Amma Asante
Written by: Susan Williams (novel), Guy Hibbert
Produced by: Brunson Green, Peter Heslop, Guy Hibbert, Veronika Lencova, Charlie Mason, Rick McCallum, Cameron McCracken, Justin Moore-Lewy, David Oyelowo, Michael Solinger
Other cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo
Release date: November 25, 2016 (U.K.) | February 10, 2017 (U.S.)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Running time: 111 min

In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.

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Character Quotes

Seretse Khama: Did I tell you I didn’t just marry you for your looks?
Ruth Williams: [laughs as she hitches up her skirt flashing her leg] Liar!

Roberts: [to Seretse on seeing him with Ruth] Keep your hands off our property
Ruth Williams: [offended] I’M NOT YOUR PROPERTY

Roberts: [on seeing Ruth with Seretse] Oh look its a c**n out on a night out from the zoo
Ruth Williams: [disgusted] You scum

Reviews

“Oyelowo and Pike are well-matched as the Khamas, able to convey both the early passions of their romance and the harder years with believable and rich emotion.”
Kate Erbland, indieWire

“An interracial romance between a British clerk and African royalty highights a historical flashpoint and offers a primo acting showcase for Oyelowo and Pike. It’s a defiant cry from the heart.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Triva

• The house used as Ruth & Seretse’s home in the film was the home of the real Ruth & Seretse.

• The Botswanan people were invited to be extras in the film. On the first day of filming, 3000 people turned up.

• Actress Jessica Oyelowo (Lady Lily Canning) is the real life wife of David Oyelowo (who plays the lead role of Seretse Khama).

Awards & Nominations

Nominated Women Film Critics Circle Awards – Courage in Filmmaking Award – Amma Asante
Nominated British Independent Film Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Terry Pheto
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