Sundance London: Talking to Shola Amoo Director of The Last Tree

 

Sundance London runs until 2nd of June 2019. In UK cinemas from September 20th 2019, British Director Shola Amoo presents this semi-autobiographical cinematic journey “The Last Tree” of a young man called Femi (Sam Adewunmi) who is caught in a web of internal cultural conflict and unhappiness. Life as a foster child in Lincolnshire was “good” and then being raised by his Nigerian mother and the absence of his father gets Femi into trouble.  Growing up on a London council estate with his mother Femi gets into the wrong crowd and bullying and violence help him to numb his emotional stress. Amoo manages to capture this sense of displacement well, with a spotlight on what he experienced growing up in terms of his Nigerian heritage, a target for bullies because of his name and the anger Femi has for his mother. Some very real performances from Gbemisola Ikumelo who play Femi’s mother and both the young Femi (Tai Golding) and older Femi (Adewunmi) are brilliant. A heart felt coming of age piece with great cinematography by Stil williams.  Strong storytelling and directing by Amoo. The cast include: Sam Adewumni, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Denise Black, Tai Golding, Nicholas Pinnock, Ruthxjiah Bellenea. Director, screenplay: Shola Amoo. Camera (color, widescreen): Stil Williams. Editor: Mdhamiri Á Nkemi. Music: Segun Akinola. Duration: 100 min

The film is screening at Sundance London 2019. Tickets are on sell for The Last Tree here. Screening times: Sat 1st Jun 6pm and Sun 2nd Jun 12pm at Picturehouse Central.

 

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