A UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Amma Asante Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Vusi Kunera. African history is full of great dramatic stories and rich in themes about the hardships of colonialism, the struggle for independence, war, adventure, exploitation. A United Kingdom is based upon the true story surrounding the founding of the independent nation of Botswana in the 1960s. At the centre of the film is the romance between Seretse Khama (played with strength and sense of dignity by David Oyelowo, who we recently saw in Continue reading

I, DANIEL BLAKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Loach Stars: Daniel Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Brianna Shann, Sharon Percy. Ken Loach is the socially progressive angry old man of British cinema whose films have often championed the underdog, the oppressed, the marginalised and the working class. A polemic filmmaker well known for his often confronting style, Loach tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. At the age of 79 he emerged from retirement for his latest film, a grim slice of life drama that offers up a sharp commentary on the state of modern Britain. I, Continue reading