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Kate Beckinsale and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in ‘FARMING’

May 20, 2017

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Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and rising star Damson Idris will star in FARMING, a story based on the life of Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akkinnuoye-Agbaje.

Akkinnuoye-Agbaje wrote the script and will make his feature film directorial debut, which is based on his youth when he was fostered by a white working-class family in the UK.

From the 1960s through the 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 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.

Idris will play a young Nigerian boy called Enitan, who’s “farmed out” by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future. Instead, Enitan grows up to become the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980s England. Beckinsale will play the self-serving foster mother Ingrid. When all seems lost and Enitan spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher (Mbatha-Raw) offers him one last chance at redemption.

Akkinnuoye-Agbaje said:

“I’m thrilled to be finally bringing this important story to the world, which will serve as the voice of a forgotten generation.”

Michael London and Janice Williams produce through Groundswell Productions together with Francois Ivernel through Montebello Productions, Charles De Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros and Akkinnuoye-Agbaje.

Hanway Films is handling international sales and distribution and selling the film in Cannes.

Production is set to begin in August in the UK and Nigeria.

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