British Actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s debut directorial film, Farming, is set to hit the screens in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.
The film was inspired by Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own experience in 1970s Essex when his biological parents gave him, a six weeks old baby, up to a white working-class family.
The title of the movie, farming, is used to describe 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.
Farming will be released by Accelerate TV in conjunction with Film One and Stunt Group.
Speaking on the partnership, Head of Accelerate TV, Colette Otusheso reiterated its commitment to entertaining audiences through insightful African stories.
“The relevance of telling our stories and showcasing our talent on a global stage cannot be overemphasized. At Accelerate TV, we are proud of our position as pioneers in celebrating talents in the Nigerian and global film industry, especially those telling inspiring and thoughtful stories. That’s why it is important for us to bring the film ‘Farming’ to West Africa,” Otusheso said.
The film features actors such as Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jaime Winstone, Genevieve Nnaji, Mbatha-Raw, among others and will be released across West Africa on October 25, 2019.
It premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Farming has since won awards for Best British Feature Film and best Performance in a British Feature Film both at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival.