Back in 2017, it was reported that Nigerian actress, Genevieve had been casted » in the directorial debut of Nigerian-British director, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ‘s upcoming movie titled ‘Farming’.
The movie which wrapped up production late in 2017 stars Genevieve Nnaji alongside Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Damson Idris.
Shot in several locations including London and Enugu, Nigeria, ‘Farming’ premieres at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who created the story based on his true life events says the script was developed in the Sundance Film Institute and chronicles his own coming-of-age story growing up fostered by a white working class family in the U.K.
Idris, star of John Singleton’s FX series
‘Snowfall’ plays the lead.
Despite his Nigerian roots, he grows up to become the leader of a racist skinhead gang in 1980s England. Beckinsale plays his foster mother and Mbatha-Raw portrays a benevolent teacher who offers him one last chance at redemption.
Director speaks on Farming
”One of the most shocking social experiments in recent UK history involved the farming out of Nigerian children to white families in the 1960s.
Drawing on his own life story, actor-turned-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje writes and directs this electrifying film that spans the experience of its protagonist from childhood into adulthood.
A coming-of-age film unlike any other, it is a painful but moving look at what this experiment meant to a London-born child whose Yorubá parents voluntarily gave him to a white working-class family, thinking they were giving him the opportunity for a better life.
Enitan’s (Damson Idris) upbringing is a rollercoaster ride that ends up out of control. Living with a half-dozen other children in his new foster home, the young boy drifts off into a world of fantasy in an effort to cope but, of course, he is rudely awakened by reality.
A brief move back to Nigeria, where he can’t speak his parents’ native tongue, offers no asylum. Sent back to England, he is desperate to fit in, to meet with society’s approval.
This takes him on the most mind-bending of trips during which he joins a white, Clockwork Orange–like skinhead gang led by a racist psychopath, and finds himself beating up on his own kind.
These moments are the most disturbing and troubling, as this once-sensitive, contemplative adolescent turns into a violent menace.”
Akinnuoye-Agbaje withholds nothing as he details Enitan’s hurt, his yearning, and his descent into destructive self-loathing. But the story does not end here.
Farming leads us on a journey of twists and turns, and of perseverance, that will take Enitan in directions not only unexpected, but seemingly unreachable.
International sales and distribution for the movie will be handled by HanWay Films, with the movie expected to also hit cinemas back home in Nigeria.