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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Autobiographical Sundance Labs Project "Farming" Gets Early Funding Boost

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 23, 2012 11:55 AM
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

As already noted a week ago on this site, a reading of British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's feature screenplay titled Farming, will happen at the first-ever Sundance London Film Festival, this Friday, April 27th.

The script, which  Akinnuoye-Agbaje developed at the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, is said to be based on hislife storyn, and is described as a true story about "a young African boy's search for love and belonging within a brutal skinhead subculture."

I don't know about you, but I'm certainly intrigued by that premise alone.

And the project might be getting closer to being fully realize, as, announced this morning, the project has been selected by the Sundance Institute and WorldView to receive the Story Development Award this weekend; specifically, the project, along with the others being recognized, is being awarded for its focus on "social justice issues in the developing world."

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, will receive a £10,000 grant; or just over $16,000. Probably not enough to get the project fully financed, but with the Sundance pedigree behind it, and this initial funding boost, I suspect the project will continue to attract financing over the next year or so, if not sooner. 

So, needless to say, this is a project that's now officially on my watch list, and I'll be following it from here on. 

I'm assuming Adewale also plans to direct the film.

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  • michaboa | May 14, 2012 6:02 AMReply

    The guardian had a fascinating interview with him yesterday.

  • dean | April 24, 2012 5:39 PMReply

    I've like this guy in every role that I've seen him in from "Lost" to "Oz" to "GI Joe" and more.

  • Ava | April 24, 2012 7:33 AMReply

    Sounds very intriguing. I don't know how many people know this but skinhead culture began by British (mainly working class) youths who were in awe of Jamaican Rude Boy culture. Bob Marley himself (along with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) before they became Rastafarians were the embodiment of the Rude Boy lifestyle. So original skinheads were not political and certainly not racist. With the passage of time, the origin and the name became corrupted and turned into what many associate with skinheads (neo Nazi racists/xenophobes) today. Much in the way that Aryan culture had its origins in India and was eventually co-opted by Nordic people and began a systematic corruption from there and began an association with Nazism.
    Funny how these white supremacists never had an original thought on there own, they just stole from other (and subsequently browner) cultures/peoples. But I digress...
    As always, people keep us informed of this film.

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