Thursday, September 07, 2006

Everyone's Favourite Ugandan Dictator Coming to a Screen Near You

Just when the world was about to forget all about Amin and Ugandans could travel around the world without having ignorant chaps asking if Amin was still the President, FoxSearchlight pictures has him well-packaged and ready to be unleashed onto the 21st century.

The Last King of Scotland is set to be released later this month and it is likely to generate a lot of talk about Amin and his terrible regime.

I have to admit I have been waiting for the movie for a while because its the only movie I have actually ever seen being shot. I remember having different parts of Kampala blocked off as the crews were shooting or seeing Makerere University Library miraculously turned into Entebbe airport's lounge (at least thats what I think it was).

It was rather funny seeing old Peugeots, Citroens, VW Beetles from the 70s being planted along the roads as props. THe filmmakers would have prefered to have many of them being driven up and down but they failed to get enough that actually worked.

Onet thing that worries me about the film is that some people may not realise that the film is only very loosely based on actualm events or that the book its based on was largely a work of fiction. You might find guys asking that if Amin was all that how could the young scottish doc sleep with his wife and live to tell the tale.

Its a pity that no Ugandan actors got any significant roles. They are doing the usual standin, passerby and twoline type roles. It would have been nice to have some Ugandans up in there like in there were in Mississippi Masaala.

At least the movie was shot here, where it is set, and thus put some money in a few Ugandans' pockets unlike some of the more recent films set in African countries. Hotel Rwanda was shot in South Africa. Tears of the Sun wasn't even shot on the continent, leave alone Nigeria, but in Hawaii.

Below is the trailer.

10 comments:

scotchbiscuits said...

I'm absolutely looking foward to seeing this recapture of the things that were long before I was:)
also glad that they had the sense to shoot in Uganda.

sayid said...

wow...the american actor is he whitaker? is almost spot on with idi amin anyhow he does a good job n dont suprised if this movie is nominated for oscar awards

baz said...

The American people on Imdb.com who saw previews say Whitakker really could get an Oscar.

Eddie said...

You have been waiting for this movie but have been more that anxious to see a modern but old movie shot in Uganda.I have not got time to watch some of Amins Movies but this one cannot cross my face untorched....
I cannot wait,....keep me posted..

Dante said...

looks like The Constant Gardener - and thats a good thing i guess.

Cherie said...

Jay,was it u i saw at the rugby club on saturday? I swear i saw that face somewhere....

minty said...

Jay thanks for the big ups on this movie. We've been getting 'coming soon' updates for months now, but each time it releases a bit of the anticipation, so we wait.

Jay said...

I can't wait indeed.
@Cherie maybe it was, depends on what I was wearing.

Darlkom said...

What happened to the post where you answer everyone's questions about u?

Mugabi said...

Well atleast he ain't my most hated dictator, mine is still alive and I can hear him breath. Not watched the movie, cannot wait to see it but I guess by the time I get my hands on the DVD or rather copy of a copy of prolly a Cinema copy from my local video store, I might right it off as too long, cause sure waited too long to watch this movie.