A United Kingdom is new on DVD this week

20th March, 2017

New to order on DVD this week is historical drama A United Kingdom, which charts the remarkable true story behind one relationship that reshaped the world, as the heir to an African kingdom falls in love with a white woman from London.

Also released is smart sci-fi Arrival, which sees mysterious alien craft appear all over the world, and charts humanity's attempts to find a way to communicate with them; and The Fits, a gripping drama that explores adolescence and growing up, as a young girl joins the local dance group, only for a mysterious bout of 'fits' to break out among them.

You can see an exclusive clip from The Fits below.

Whichever you order, be sure to leave us your reviews!

A United KingdomA United Kingdom 12A (11+)

Duration: 120mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Amma Asante
CastDavid OyelowoRosamund PikeTom FeltonJack DavenportNicholas Lyndhurst

This film tells the remarkable true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (now modern Botswana), who caused an international outcry in the 1940s by marrying Ruth Williams, a white office worker from London. United by their love, Seretse and Ruth triumphed over every obstacle placed in front of them – from their differing backgrounds and families to the disapproving British and South African governments – to be together. In doing so, they helped transform the poorest country in Africa into one of its most peaceful and prosperous. Highlighting a painful period in British history, the film explores issues around tolerance, cultural diversity and unity with a powerful contemporary relevance, ultimately proving that love can triumph over forces of oppression.

Our reporter Beattie sat down with the film's stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, as well as director Amma Asante, to talk about everything from the attention to detail paid to the 1940s setting, the effect shooting in real life locations had on the cast and crew, and why it's so important to tell positive stories set in Africa.

Check out even more of Beattie's A United Kingdom interviews here

Want to know more about the film? Read our Film Feature, that explores how one relationship reshaped the world

You can also download our inspiring new A United Kingdom: The Power of Unity resource, which will help young people aged 11-18 discover the power that unity has to transform societies and shape British values.

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ArrivalArrival 12A (14+)

Duration: 116mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Denis Villeneuve
CastAmy AdamsJeremy RennerForest WhitakerMichael Stuhlbarg

When a mysterious alien species unexpectedly lands on earth in a series of giant pods, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – are brought together to investigate. With mankind seemingly heading inexorably for a global war, Banks and her team struggle to seek out answers for what’s going on. However, doing that involves taking a chance that not only threatens her own life, but the fate of the entire planet. Based on a short story by American writer Ted Chiang, this science-fiction drama serves as an antidote to the increasingly bombastic world of the modern blockbuster, grounding its narrative in something much more real and earthy, if no less fantastic.

Read our Film Feature on Arrival, which looks at the film's interesting focus on language and communication, and the way it reflects the rich history of the science fiction genre.

Check out the video below, in which Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner expanded on the film's theme of being accepting of those that are different to us, and revealed whether they would change anything about their lives if they knew how it would all play out.

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The FitsThe Fits 12A (11+)

Duration: 72mins
Year: 2015
Director(s)Anna Rose Holmer
CastRoyalty HightowerAlexis NeblettMakyla BurnamDa’Sean Minor

11 year-old Toni spends most of her time with her older brother cleaning a local gym in Cincinnati. After closely observing them she joins The Lionesses, a local dance troupe and quickly feels empowered by the sense of camaraderie and confidence amongst the slightly older, all-female team. Learning the challenging routines and making new friends, things become more mysterious when an outbreak of fainting spells begins to affect members of the team. Set almost entirely within the confines of the gymnasium, this absorbing film provides an acute insight into the psychological complexities of pre-adolescence and a dreamlike perspective on the world.

Read our Film Feature looking at how The Fits explores alternate forms of femininity

Watch an exclusive clip from The Fits below!

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