Even those with a limited knowledge of the game of chess will know that the queen rules the roost. Making an astonishing acting debut, the strongest piece of Mira Nair’s joyous Queen of Katwe is Madina Nalwanga. Playing Ugandan prodigy Phiona Mutesi, the charming newcomer lights up the screen from first to last with a radiant smile and extraordinarily mature performance.
Queen of Katwe is playing at the London Film Festival and is then released UK-wide from 21st October. It’s wonderful. Go see it. And you can read the full CineVue review here!