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A Film Inspired By Zadie Smith's Refugee Novella Is In Development

British novelist Zadie Smith's refugee novella 'The Embassy of Cambodia' is in development with 'Ex-Machina' producers attached.


Image via Zadie Smith

An untitled film project inspired by Zadie Smith’s 2013 novella The Embassy of Cambodia is in the works, according to Shadow and Act. The 69-page short novel—which was first featured in a February 2013 issue of The New Yorkercenters on Fatou, an Ivorian live-in housekeeper and nanny who works for a wealthy Pakistani family in northwest London. 

Described as both a “refugee drama” and “half-adaptation, half original story,” the movie will chart a Gambian woman’s boat journey to the United Kingdom by way of Libya and Italy. Smith and her husband poet Nick Laird have already written the film, Screen Daily reports, while producers of the sci-fi hit Ex-Machina are slated to produce. 

British film production company Film4 reportedly announced the development in an exclusive interview with Screen magazine. The highly-anticipated adaptation of Smith’s award-winning novel On Beauty has also been in development with the studio since 2012 with Kasi Lemmons attached as screenwriter and director.

(H/T Shadow and Act)

Check out this recent conversation between Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche as they talk writing, women, and feminism at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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