The Last King of Scotland

Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it’s time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and asks Garrigan to become his personal doctor.
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Film Cast:

  • Idi Amin: Forest Whitaker
  • Dr. Nicholas Garrigan: James McAvoy
  • British Diplomat: Simon McBurney
  • Sarah Merrit: Gillian Anderson
  • Kay Amin: Kerry Washington
  • Dr. Thomas Junju: David Oyelowo
  • Masanga: Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga
  • Dr. David Merrit: Adam Kotz
  • Mrs. Garrigan: Barbara Rafferty
  • Dr. Garrigan – Senior: David Ashton
  • Tolu: Sarah Nagayi
  • Jonah Wasswa: Stephen Rwangyezi
  • Bonny: Sam Okelo
  • Times Journalist: Dick Stockley
  • Perkins: Chris Wilson
  • Kay Amin’s Servant: Daniel Ssettaba
  • British Journalist 1: Giles Foden
  • British Journalist 2: Andrew Williams
  • Italian Journalist: Martina Amati

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Tessa Ross
  • Casting: Jina Jay
  • Director of Photography: Anthony Dod Mantle
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Macdonald
  • Producer: Lisa Bryer
  • Producer: Suzanne Warren
  • Producer: Andrea Calderwood
  • Screenplay: Peter Morgan
  • Set Decoration: Tina Jones
  • Production Design: Michael Carlin
  • Hair Designer: Sharon Martin
  • Foley: Carsten Richter
  • Director: Kevin Macdonald
  • Screenplay: Jeremy Brock
  • Novel: Giles Foden
  • Producer: Christine Ruppert
  • Producer: Ros Borland
  • Executive Producer: Allon Reich
  • Line Producer: Andrew Wood
  • Original Music Composer: Alex Heffes
  • Editor: Justine Wright
  • Art Direction: Mags Horspool
  • Costume Design: Michael O’Connor
  • Producer: Charles Steel
  • Thanks: Simon Channing Williams
  • Stunt Coordinator: Gary Connery
  • Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • Casting Assistant: Dixie Chassay
  • Assistant Editor: Stephen Haren
  • Stunt Coordinator: Eddie Stacey
  • Color Timer: Adam Inglis
  • Digital Intermediate: Marcus Alexander
  • Script Supervisor: Cathy Doubleday
  • Supervising Art Director: Lynne Huitson
  • Assistant Director: Derek Ritchie
  • Makeup Artist: Suzanne Belcher
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Sebastian Bulst
  • Title Graphics: Matt Curtis
  • Orchestrator: Julian Kershaw
  • Grip: Jan Brun
  • Still Photographer: Neil Davidson
  • Makeup Artist: Dianne Jamieson

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: I am the father of Africa.

    Based on Giles Foden’s novel of the same name, this filmic version of a period of Idi Amin’s presidency of Uganda is a class act – that is if you can accept it as a loose reworking of events in Amin’s life? Thus those who filed in for a bona fide history lesson subsequently either got angry or plain disappointed.

    Propelled by Forest Whitaker’s barnstorming Oscar winning perf as Amin, Last King of Scotland is riveting and fascinating from first reel to last. The political upheaval at this time in Uganda’s history is presented in delicate strokes of dark depressing realisations, and also that of uneasy humour.

    The portrayal of Amin is most complex, part man child, part greenhorn political suitor and one heartbeat away from despotic lunacy, with Whitaker nailing every single tick. It’s key to note that the film does shed some light on Amin, so as a character study it soars and holds you enthral throughout.

    Director Kevin Macdonald films in kinetic style, which is perfect for the material to hand, and he also deserves a pat on the back for ensuring the characters around Amin (circle of family/advisors etc) are a constant intrigue as per Amin’s agenda machinations. James McAvoy gives sterling support as the key “fish out of water” doctor who Amin takes to his bosom, while Kerry Washington as Amin’s wife number 3 also strikes the right emotive notes.

    The finale falters somewhat, where it encompasses the Entebbe Hostage Crisis but fails to do that incident justice – instead using it as a cypher to have us rooting for McAvoy’s made up character to get out of harm’s way. But this is just a misstep that’s not film defining. For this is a fine film, if it’s not jolting you with harrowing scenes, or tickling your brain for education purpose, then it’s demanding your attention for historical noting. Job done. 8.5/10

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