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British-Nigerian hit comedy opens in cinemas 10th October!

3 Oct

Gone Too Far!

dir. Destiny Ekaragha

Critically acclaimed comedy opens in cinemas nationwide on 10th October 2014!

Gone Too Far poster

Gone Too Far! tells a quintessentially British-Nigerian story. A must-see, receiving high praise by cinema-goers and the industry.

Named Best New British Comedy at the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival 2014 and dir. Destiny Ekaragha was nominated for Best Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival in 2013. It was also named Best Independent Film at the influential Screen Nation Awards 2014.

Based on the Olivier Award-winning stage play by Bola Agbaje, first performed at The Royal Court, the warm, sparky Gone Too Far! is the feature debut of director Destiny Ekaragha and follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are.

GTF_Destiny_and_Bola_Production_shotWhen London teenager Yemi’s big brother Iku comes to live with him from Nigeria, his terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already limited street cred.

But when they’re forced to spend the day together on their Peckham estate, Yemi is forced to confront local bullies, the girl of his dreams and his own African heritage, and eventually together they learn the values of family and self-respect.

“Low-key, low-budget, high-intelligence, this is precisely the kind of film London ought to be producing.” **** Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Gone Too Far film clip imageThe film features an exciting and up and coming cast, including Malachi Kirby (Offender, My Brother The Devil) and Nigerian actor O.C. Ukeje, currently appearing in Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor. Also starring are Shanika Warren-Markland (Adulthood, 4.3.2.1); Tosin Cole (Second Coming, Hollyoaks); Adelayo Adedayo (Some Girls); Golda John and comedian and presenter Eddie Kadi.

Check out the photos from the amazing film premiere!

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You think you know Fela, you have no idea!

10 Sep

FINDING FELA” 

dir. by Academy Award Winner Alex Gibney 

Out now in cinemas across the UK  http://findingfela.co.uk/screenings

Out of Africa review by Agnes Kuye

★★★★

Finding Fela Dogwoof Documentary 6Finding Fela is a must see documentary depicting Fela Kuti’s life brilliantly narrated by family, friends, business associates and all who loved him. From Fela’s youth days growing up in church to performing with his band Koola Lobitos, Africa & 70 and then Egypt 80. Featuring fantastic unseen footage and visuals of  Fela on his spiritual and political music journey  through life .

Fela Kuti is an important part of Nigeria’s history often relentless and unafraid of his oppressors. A true man of the people, the more he was chastised the more powerful his music became. From the portrayal of the legendary  AFRO beat musician  it is easy to see he was 30/40 years ahead of his time.

Throughout the documentary I felt I was on an emotional roller coaster  often comical, immensely  sad at times, angry but mostly empowered and  proud .

There are some great narrations from Seun, Yeni & Femi kuti, Ghariokwu  Lemi, Rick Stein, Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, Sandra Izsadore and many  more.

Finding Fela Dogwoof Documentary 7AFRO beat is protest music, we all know this but Finding Fela gives you true meaning  to when, where and why  these iconic songs were birthed.

I am a die hard Fela fan and I was amazed at this in-depth,  powerful  and profound film.

MUSIC IS FOR REVOLUTION!!!  The long list of FELA’s music documented in the film can make any musician feel inadequate. Classical African music is my preferred terminology for Fela Kuti’s music as revealed  in the film.

Fela is our Hero and Legend, the greatest musician to come out of AFRICA.

You don’t have to be a Fela fan or even know Fela’s music to see this film. MUSIC  IS THE WEAPON

Fela Kuti – Reference Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fela_Kuti
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finding_Fela

 

Interview with the creative force behind Viva Riva!

20 Jun

I was really privileged to have been invited to a pre-screening of Viva Riva! last week. I found myself completely convinced by the action, the awesome club scenes and the tongue-in-cheek dynamics between the characters. Seeing Viva Riva! will really uplift your hopes for African cinema. Go see this film, it’s great cinema.

But before you go, see our interview below with Writer and Director Djo Munga, to find out a little something about the creative force behind Viva Riva!

1. What are your top three favourite films?

Once upon a time in America (Sergio Leone)

Ugetsu Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi)

Carlito’s way (Brian de Palma)

2. Which two directors do you admire the most?

Sergio Leone

Kenji Mizoguchi

3. What was the last film you saw and what score out of 10 do you give it?

Poetry (Lee Chang-Dong) 8/10

4. What is the film you wish you had made?
Carlito’s Way (Brian de Palma)

5. What inspired you to be a film maker?
The storytelling. I love stories. I used to draw. You tell stories also [with drawing] but you don’t have the dialogues, the music, the atmosphere. So probably the evolution for me was from moving from drawing to cinema.

6. What inspired you to make Viva Riva?
Kinshasa. I wanted to tell a story about the city. The question was how to create an exciting impression about stories inside the city? That was the beginning.

7. Viva Riva has an amazing soundtrack, which songs make up the soundtrack of your life?
Il Clan dei siciliani (Ennio Morricone)

Mo better blues (Marsalis/ Blanchard)

The Deer hunter (Stanley Myers)

Zulu (John Barry)
http://soundcloud.com/fantasticvoyage/zulu-main-title-theme-zulu-isandhlwana-1879

Anything by Ennio Morricone

8. What was it like filming in Kinshasa?
Kinshasa is much sweeter, warmer and exciting place than people can imagine. The shooting was the same.

9. What was the local (govt.) support like in order for you to shoot in Kinshasa?
Yes they were. They try to give themselves a new image. People try to rebuild the country so they try to be open about it. Any new enterprise is welcome.

10. What do people from Kinshasa think of the film?
a. How do they feel about the way Kinshasa is depicted?
They didn’t think about it. They just liked the movie because they recognize Kinshasa as it is. It’s simply good to see that there is a movie that comes from your country and speaks about your reality. On top of that they had fun watching it. The film was a great success.

b. Do they recognise those characters?
Yes. Some of them were really popular in the audience. You could feel it. I think Azor is the one who got the most support from the audience.

11. If you were a travel agent what would you tell people to attract them to Kinshasa?
We don’t have parks, we don’t have fancy hotels, we don’t have all the African style tourist attractions, but If you want to spend a night in Africa that you’ll never forget come to Kinshasa.

12. What is your role as an artist?
Question the society ?

13. Who is Riva? Is he someone you know?
Riva is a combination of many people I saw or knew. He is also a combination between the atmosphere of Zaïre and the new Congo.

14. What has been one of the greatest challenges to producing Viva Riva, and what have you learnt?
The biggest challenge was to prepare people. We’ve organized a lot of trainings, we have worked like hell in preparation of the shooting. And it paid. The big learning for me is that when you are prepared nothing terrible can really happen to you.

15. What single piece of advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers in Africa?
Develop his writing skills. Writing is the essential in the filmmakers work. Writing with your pen, writing with images, writing with sound, it is still writing.

Viva Riva! opens in cinemas across the UK on 24th June. See our events pages for UK cinemas locations – outofafricaarts.co.uk/events

Want to find out more about about Djo Munga, the director – He’s doing a Q&A at the Viva Riva! launch on 23th June at the Ritzy. Book your tickets here – Ritzy Box office


Viva Riva! trailer

Coupé Delicious Soirée

23 Feb

The phenemonal dance sensation Coupé Décalé gets its own documentary looking at the rise of the dance movement through Ivory Coast, West Africa and France  which exploded after the civil war in 2002.

This will be a film premiere with a difference, not only will guests get to watch the documentary but they will be greeted on arrival with a complimentary glass of punch, provided by Courvoisier and get the chance to look at traditional and contemporary African art displayed around the venue.

The film screening will then take place in the theatre space, followed by a Q&A session with the films directors and producer. And to top the night off we are providing musical entertainment from DJ Pascal Agbadou – a top Coupé performer and live dance demonstrations by Chippeur Modern African Dance (C’MAD)!

Venue: The Albany theatre Douglas way. Deptford, London SE8 4AG

Date: 23rd March 2011

Time: 6.45pm to 11pm

Website: www.coupe2.com

Ticket: £15.00 and £20.00 (VIP tickets)

Info: 07957475007 / 07956519253 / 07415494258

Box office: http://www.thealbany.org.uk/ Telephone: 02086924446

Black International 3 – Panel Discussion: “Doing Business in Africa”

10 Nov

International trading

For Creatives who want to go global

Date: Wednesday, 17th November 2010
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue:
The Gramaphone, 60-62 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT
Cost: £5 (tickets can also be purchased on the door, please contact us to reserve your place).

A not to be missed, high level panel discussion and networking session for creative businesses and individuals to find out, what it really takes to do business in Africa.

 

Tune into BBC London 94.9fm this Sunday (14th Nov) and hear our very own Yemisi on Dotun Adebayo’s show talking about our “Black International” event and on going global to avoid the economic downturn – http://bbc.in/cc2I42

Hear from successful Black Creative Entrepreneurs, providing their personal accounts and advice on:


Winning contracts in Africa

Setting up a business in Africa

Selling products in markets across the continent

The current climate for the Creative Industries across Africa


Panellists

Nana Ocran, International Editor. Credits include Wings (Arik Air’s in-flight magazine), Arise Magazine and Time Out Nigeria, Lagos, Abuja and London.

Imruh Bakari, CEO of Savannah Mediaworks based in the UK and Savannah Films a successful independent production company based in Tanzania. Formally Festival Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival from 1999 – 2004.

This discussion will be followed by a drinks reception for you to network with other Creative businesses. Music is being provided by Afrogroov and Afropop Live.

For further information:
E: marie@hatchevents.com
T: 0207 193 4577


This programme has been produced by Hatch Events with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

Black International

6 Oct

Black International
13th and 21st October 2010

A 2-Day development programme for Black-led and Asian-led Creative Businesses that want to trade internationally

A highly interactive two-day programme that has been designed specifically to provide established Black-led and Asian-led creative businesses based in London with information on how to export their products and services internationally.

This programme will be of most benefit to creative businesses working in Film, Music and Design (from Live Event Management, Artist Management, Festival Production, Distribution, Film Production, Fashion, Architecture, Product Design, Advertising, Crafts, Illustration to Graphic Design)

Day 1: “Accessing International Markets” (Information Session)
Date: Wednesday, 13th October 2010
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Day 2: “The Realities and Innovations behind Exporting Creativity” (Panel Discussion)
Date: Thursday, 21st October 2010
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: London South Bank University, The Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London, SE1 6NG

COST:

* FREE* to commercially trading registered businesses (Soletrader, Self-employed, Limited Company by Shares, Limited Company by Guarantee or CICs)

* £15 for non-registered businesses

* £5 Day 2 only ticket. Open to registered and non-registered individuals and businesses from the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Please book here for Day 1 & 2   – http://blackinternational.eventbrite.com/

Please book here for Day 2 – http://blackinternational2.eventbrite.com/


Programme information

Day 1 will provide participants with:

* A presentation by UKTI on how to effectively engage with UK based organisations that support the Creative Industries in exporting their products and services.

* An overview of working internationally

* An insight into the barriers and obstacles

* Information on how to build lasting relationships with overseas platform organisations and international partners

Day 2 is a high level panel discussion and networking session, where participants can hear innovative and entrepreneurial approaches on how to successfully sell their products or services internationally.


Booking for any of these tickets must be made through eventbrite.
*We can only offer one FREE space per organisation. If there is more than one person from your organisation wishing to attend, we would recomment that the person directly responsible for developing international trade attends.

Please contact us for further information:
E: marie@hatchevents.com
T: 0207 193 4577

Creative Industries UK report

This programme has been produced by Urban Inclusion and Hatch Events with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

‘Estate Walls’ by Arinze Kene – Watch the interview on Afrobuzz!

29 Sep

OMO LONDON: A festival of Nigeria in playwriting

Estate Walls is the main play of the OMO LONDON festival.

Afrobuzz on Vox Africa – visited the actors, director and producer to find out more about the production. This link also features exciting audience reactions.
Afrobuzz Visits Estate Walls | Voxafrica, La télévision Pan-Africaine.

The festival also features readings of new plays by London based Nigerian writers. These plays include “Fixer” and “Pandora’s Box”

“FIXER”, by Lydia Adetunji
Monday 4th October, 6pm
A contemporary tale of the struggles of Nigerian oil and militants


“PANDORA’S BOX”, by Ade Solanke
Monday 11th October, 6pm
A British-Nigerian mother in turmoil as she decides on whether to leave her streetwise teenage son in Lagos or return him to the ‘battlefields’ of inner London.


Tickets:
£5
Venue: Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
Booking and Info: www.ovalhouse.com

The OMO LONDON festival runs until 11th October 2010 and is being produced by Oval House Theatre.

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