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The space between us

Monumental Pictures

A United Kingdom is in cinemas on Boxing Day

When Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) locks eyes with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) across the dance floor on a London night, their connection is immediate. She’s a bank clerk, he’s a law student. The year is 1948, and the city is still on shaky ground, still rebuilding. But the electricity of their union (and Pike and Oyelowo’s chemistry) could light the sky. It’s forged over mutual record exchanges and love notes, deliveries that make them excitedly run to their bedrooms, to keep the small piece of the other person they have been given only to themselves. A proposal bathed in the yellow glow of Big Ben set to romantic notes seals the deal, but something else hangs in the air. Seretse is not just another law student – he’s the heir to Bechuanaland (Botswana, administered by Britain at the time), abroad to study…

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