The White King

The White King

Alex Helfrecht (2016)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This dystopian dramaimagines a rural society governed by a brutal, oppressive dictatorship. Set in what appears to be the near-future, it takes place in the "Homeland", an unspecified nation (the source is Gyorgy Dragoman's novel about a communist country based on Romania) where the populace are monitored by surveillance cameras. For the most part, however, modern technology is absent and many buildings have fallen into disrepair. The main character is 12-year-old Djata(Lorenzo Allchurch)who witnesses his father being taken away by the authorities. As his mother (Agyness Deyn) tries to free her husband, the film offers a couple of effective scenes, including a tense sequence where Djata's grandfather (Jonathan Pryce) pressures him to shoot a cat. Unfortunately, though, The White King only springs to life when Pryce is on screen, which isn't often. The story intrigues but too much is left unexplained resulting in a drama that fails to satisfy.


A carefree 12-year-old boy rebels after a brutal government labels his father a traitor and imprisons him. Drama, starring Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Lorenzo Allchurch.

Cast & Crew

Djata Lorenzo Allchurch
Hannah Fitz Agyness Deyn
Colonel Fitz Jonathan Pryce
Peter Fitz Ross Partridge
Kathrin Fitz Fiona Shaw
General Meade Greta Scacchi
Pickaxe Olafur Darri Olafsson
Sophia Olivia Williams
Director Alex Helfrecht
Director Jörg Tittel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SignatureGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 27 Jan 2017