classified 18


Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Kate Beckinsale,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw,  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
101 mins, 2018, UK
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Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje writes and directs the story of his own life as a teenage skinhead in the Essex borough of Tilbury in the mid-80s in this painful and moving drama.

The term 'farming' was a peculiar euphemism given to the practice, popular among Nigerian parents in the 1960s and 1970s Britain, of 'farming out' their children to white foster parents for years at time, paying strangers for childcare while they concentrated on studies or careers.

Farming follows a young British-Nigerian man (Damson Idris) whose parents give him to a white foster mother (Kate Beckinsale) in the hope of a better future, but he instead grows up to join a violently racist local skinhead gang. Set in the very house Akinnuoye-Agbaje grew up in, it is a deeply moving and powerful story about doing whatever it takes to belong, whilst also exploring a little-known chapter in the story of race relations in Britain.

Powerful and uncomfortable, Farming forces us to confront an unfamiliar and painful reality; a stark reminder of the dangerous lengths self-loathing can lead to and even how deprogramming this mindset, undoing the damage may take at least a lifetime, or may never be complete...

Join us after the 14:45 screening Sun 13 Oct for an introduction and discussion hosted by writer and curator Karen Alexander, writer, historian, curator and member of Come The Revolution - Edson Burton and Yejide Adeoye who has first hand experience of the practice.

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