Sneak Preview: The Last King of Scotland
Posted at 5:19 AM (PST) on Monday, January 30, 2006
By Nicola Christie
January 30, 2006
Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, the man behind the award-winning documentaries Touching the Void and One Day in September, is putting the finishing touches to his first feature-length drama, The Last King of Scotland.
It may be based on a work of fiction - Giles Foden's debut novel of the same name - but the film still contains elements of historical fact.
"Idi Amin is the central character," Macdonald explains. "So it's a tricky one to label. We had a test screening recently in America and everyone thought it was a true story. If you sell something as true, it affects people very differently."
The movie, which stars Gillian Anderson and James McAvoy, explores the brutal regime of the Ugandan dictator in the 1970s through the eyes of his personal doctor.