Viceroy s House
Thursday 22nd June 2017 - 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
For six months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy of India, charged with handing India back to its people. As the political elite took their seats to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the House and a catastrophic decision was taken with global repercussions. Partition, the decision to divide India and create the new Muslim homeland of Pakistan, led to the largest mass migration in human history. The film is deeply personal to the director whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end.
UK-India 2017 – directed by Gurinder Chadha – with Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Michael Gambon – 106 min
This is easily Chadha’s most ambitious film to date, and her best in a long time – DAILY TELEGRAPH
Full of humour and pointed social observation – INDEPENDENT