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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Wins 'Best British Feature Film' at Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Nigerian-British actor's directorial debut, starring Nigerian actress Genenevieve Nnaji, continues to gain traction after a successful film festival run in 2018.

Farming, a film directed by Nigerian-British actor-turned-director/writer Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, has won the Michael Powell Award for 'Best British Feature Film' at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Variety reports.


The film draws from Akinnuoye-Agbaje's own life his for his directorial debut, telling the story of Enitan (Damson Idris), a London-born Nigerian child who was intentionally placed in a white working-class home as part of a 1960s social experiment in hopes of giving him a brighter future. Enitan floats between cultures, where he ends up hanging with the wrong crowd becoming a leader of white skinhead gang.

In the film, Nollywood acting legend Genevieve Nnaji plays his distraught mother in an emotional role. As reported in PunchNG, having Nnaji star in his directorial debut is a dream come true for Akinnuoye-Agbaje. During promotion for the new film in Lagos the filmmaker said:

"To me, that was one of the sweetest triumphs. Marrying Hollywood, Nollywood, and bringing one of our stars on the big Hollywood platform. So I can't be happier. It's a dream of mine to marry the two industries and we've got to do that with her performance and also for the young Nigerian filmmakers as well."

FARMING | Official HD Clip (2018) | KATE BECKINSALE | Film Threat Clips youtu.be

"The unanimous decision of the Michael Powell Jury goes to an important, powerful and disturbing film from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje," jury members Antonia Campbell-Hughes, David Hayman and Philip John say in a statement. "This story forces us to confront an unfamiliar, uncomfortable reality. Farming keeps you invested in its brutal world. Culturally adrenalising. Visceral. Inspirational."

The jury also awarded Idris the award for 'Best Performance in a British Feature Film' for his role.

Ghanaian-Belgian filmmaker Ben Asamoah also won big at the festival, snagging the 'Best Documentary Feature Film' for his debut, Sakawa, which follows unemployed youth in Ghana who dabble in internet romance scamming. Check out the trailer here.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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