Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has teemed up with Access Bank’s Accelerate TV, to have his autobiographical movie ‘Farming‘brought to screen across cinemas in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia on 25 October, 2019. This is in line with the organisation’s plan to entertain and empower audiences through thought-provoking, captivating content and insightful African stories.
The film is being released in partnership with Film One and Stunt Group, and is a re-enactment of the life of Akinnuoye-Agbaje as he tries to make sense of grows up with a white working-class family in London after his Nigerian parents “farmed” him out. He then joins a gang led by a white supremacist. The film features great actors such as Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jaime Winstone, Genevieve Nnaji, Mbatha-Raw, among others.
Based on the director’s childhood, the film title is derived from a policy popular among Nigerian parents in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s, where in the hope for a better future, they “farmed out” their newborn children to white foster parents, paying them for child care while they focused on their careers or education.
After appearing in more than 50 productions, including The Bourne Identity, Thor, Suicide Squad and Game of Thrones, the film represents Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut.
Farming won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2019, while Damson Idris, who plays the boy Enitan, won the award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film. Watch out for it!