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Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Premiere Details

Toronto: Friday 9th September 2016 – Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada
Los Angeles: Tuesday 20th September 2016 – El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
London: Sunday 9th October 2016 – Odeon, Leicester Square, London

Directed: Mira Nair
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga

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Key Facts

  • Lupita Nyong’o made the decision to play Harriet Mutesi after reading just the first ten pages of the script!
  • Over 100 local Ugandans took on smaller roles in the film and around 80 had no experience with cameras. Director, Mira Nair opened up an acting boot-camp to help those without experience prepare for their roles.
  • It took the production team 5 months to find the right girl to play Phiona and auditioned just under 700 girls!
  • The film is based on Tim Crothers’ book titled ‘The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster’.
  • Filming took place in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda and Johannesburg in South Africa.



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