Keswick Film Club - The White King

Sunday 26th March 5:00 PM

The White King 

Director: Alex Helfrecht & Jörg Tittel Country: UK/Hungary
Cert: 12A Year: 2016 Length: 89 mins
The White King

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Cinema Handout (PDF 86KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 66.67% Attendance: 65



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Our last film of the year was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016 and brings together a large cast of stars including Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn and Greta Scacchi (fresh from our festival in February). The main star is Lorenzo Allchurch, who plays 12 year old Djata, and appears in virtually every scene - to great reviews from the critics.

An unnamed dystopian country in the near future. The country is surrounded by CCTV and posters advocating civic duty - "DUTY", "SERVE". We follow Djata as he deals with the disappearance of his father, supposedly taken for a work assignment, but we know better... Djata's school life is effectively a military academy, whilst out of school he and his friends try to deal with a couple of adult bullies.


open_quote Essentially refracting Orwell's 1984 through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy, the film succeeds best at evoking its sinister, hermetic world, as young Djata deals with the absence of his political prisoner father close_quote Charles Gant, Screen International



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