Queen of Katwe Competition

Queen of Katwe Competition

Oct 1, 2016, 8:45 AM |

Thanks to our Disney friends, we'll be giving away Queen of Katwe: Official Press Screening Tickets to 2016-17 members throughout the week. Register here.


The ICU are delighted to offer sets of free tickets to the Queen of Katwe official press screening which will take place on October 7th - two weeks before film is released in cineams. All you have to do to enter this competition is to pay your annual subs for the 2016-17 season and all members will be entered into a draw for those tickets with draws taking place throughout the week - you can earn additional entries to the draw by liking our Facebook page and sharing our competition post. More details of the film and the screening are available below:




QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, QUEEN OF KATWE is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a football player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognising Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE will open in select Irish cinemas on October 21, 2016.

Rating: PG Running time: 124 Minutes Genre: Drama Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga

Director: Mira Nair Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, John Carls Executive Producers: Will Weiske, Troy Buder Screenplay by: William Wheeler Based on a story by: Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field

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Competition Time!
Thanks to our friends at Disney, we'll be giving away Queen of Katwe: Official Press Screening Tickets to lucky 2016-17 members throughout the week. All you have to do to enter this competition is to pay your subs for the current season, like our Facebook page, share this post and then hope that you are the lucky name pulled out of the hat!

The screening will be 2 weeks before the official release of the film in theLight House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7. More details of the film, screening and giveaway are available at the ICU site here:http://www.icu.ie/articles/638

The film stars include Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.

Contact the ICU PRO - Carl Jackson - for more information! Disney will also be helping us to get the word out about The Irish Women's Championship 2016 which take place in just 2 weeks!