The White King
Cert: 12A Year: 2016 Length: 89 mins
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Score: 66.67% Attendance: 65
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.
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
Charles Gant, Screen International
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