In another win for the South African film and TV industry, one of our proudest exports – Terry Pheto – did the damn thing on the red carpet at last night’s London premiere of her latest film, A United Kindgom.
The film is a dramatic biopic that follows the true love story of Seretse Khama (played by David Oyelowo), a member of the Botswana royal family, who shocked the world in 1948 when he married white British bank clerk Ruth Williams (Played by Rosamund Pike). At the time, interracial marriage was illegal so you can only imagine how much drama that caused.
Pheto plays the role of Seretse’s sister, Naledi Khama.
During filming, she was also joined on set by fellow South Africans, Vusi Kunene (who played Seretse’s uncle – Tshekedi Khama) and Abena Ayivor (who played Tshekedi’s wife, Ella).
In an interview with Sowetan Live earlier this year, Kunene mentioned how challenging it was to play that part of someone who is rarely mentioned whenever the story is told.
“You always hear about Seretse. We never really get time to do research here in South Africa. You get the call today and you are shooting tomorrow. But I managed to Google stuff and talked to some people in Botswana. I wouldn’t say I went all out in preparation for the role but I needed to understand who I was playing, because I had never heard of Tshekedi,” explained Kunene.
Check out some of the photos Pheto posted after the event:
With her cast mates
The Leopard Frock dress
The back of the dress:
Her make-up and hair:
No word yet about when the film opens in South Africa but you can check out the trailer here:
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