Rage: Africa's Lost Classics

Rage: Africa's Lost Classics 15

Afrika Eye Festival 2017

Film

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2017

Director:
Newton I. Aduaka
Cast:
Fraser Ayres, Shaun Parkes, John Pickard
Duration:
97 mins, 1999, UK | Nigeria

Rage is an early film by celebrated Nigerian director Newton Aduaka, made while he was living in London, and is a comment on issues of racial integration and belonging in a British context. Originally released to critical acclaim, Rage was the first independent film by a black filmmaker to gain a national release in the UK.

Jamie, Godwin and Thomas have been friends since childhood, but tensions that have survived under the skin come to the surface as they realise that growing up is difficult in a racist society, and that they need resources to make their dreams come true.

Initially hyped as a violent hip hop style urban movie, it turned out instead to be a sensitive, downbeat and unglamorous portrayal of two working-class black boys and their middle-class white friend on the threshold of adulthood. Rage evolves beyond the cliché, becoming his own unique creation.

Curated by Dr Jacqueline Maingard, Reader in Film, University of Bristol.

Part of Africa's Lost Classics. With thanks to Glasgow University and AHRC.

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