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FARMING

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  • Fri 18 Oct to Thu 24 Oct
  • 102 minutes
  • Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Cast: Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
  • UK (2019)

Synopsis

Nigerian-British writer-director-actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje delves into his own childhood and teenage years for an enthralling and moving real-life story.


In the 1960s through 1980s, Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK and as they were in private foster care many of them were never registered with social services making them invisible to the authorities. Growing up in white communities across the country these children slowly lost their cultural identity and many were never reunited with their parents. Enitan is left in the care of a British foster family by his Nigerian parents, who hope it will provide him with a better future. Instead, teenaged Enitan joins a skinhead gang, led by the brutal Levi...


Damson Idris delivers a stunning performance as Enitan with strong support from Kate Beckinsale as the mother who fosters him, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the teacher who struggles to help him avoid self-destruction. FARMING compellingly handles the issues bound up in the complex and challenging narrative and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is clearly a talent to watch.