FILM: VICEROY’S HOUSE (12A) - (What’s On)
Saturday 6th May 2017

FILM: VICEROY’S HOUSE (12A)

SATURDAY 6TH MAY 2017, 7.30PM

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson play Lord and Lady Mountbatten, charged by King George VI to oversee the peaceful transition of power from Britain to the India it had ruled for 300 years. Set in the Viceroy’s House in Delhi, drama escalates as the Mountbattens’ struggle to manage both the hundreds of servants under their care and the conflicts that emerge over the birth of a newly independent nation. Hindu, Sikh and Muslim differences threaten to overwhelm them, and Edwina Mountbatten, in particular, finds her well-intentioned efforts often sorely misplaced. Co-writer/director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) has a deep understanding of the conflict which caused hundreds of thousands of deaths following the botched partition process, though the emphasis of her often deeply moving film is here on the Mountbattens’ personal lives.

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