Last White Man Standing
Tom Cholmondeley, the great-grandson of the founder of the British colony of Kenya, Lord Delamere, shot dead a black poacher, Robert Njoya, on the edge of his huge estate in the highlands of Kenya. Charged with murder, his trial gripped the nation as the forensic arguments inevitably were mixed with memories of the Happy Valley lifestyle, themes of racism, the violent struggle of land, and the rule of law in a fast-developing country still coming to terms with its colonial past.
The film shows how the trial unfolded through the eyes of Serah Njoya, the victim’s widow, Tom Cholmondeley, his girlfriend and family, and the witnesses and lawyers, friends and observers, and reaches conclusions about what happened on the fateful day, and what this means for Kenyans.
A Plus Pictures / Day Zero Productions for BBC-DR-DFI-ITVS
Director Justin Webster
Producer Mette Heide and Don Edkins