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BUFF 2012 Preview: ‘Woolwich Boys’ (British Crime Drama On Nigerian ‘419’ Fraud Scam)

BUFF 2012 Preview: 'Woolwich Boys' (British Crime Drama On Nigerian '419' Fraud Scam)

You may recall UK-based filmmkaker Anthony Abuah’s submission to the S&A What’s Your Story? feature, in which he discussed being fiercely independent in making of his feature film, Woolwich Boys – a film that will next screen at the 2012 British Urban Film Festival

Described as a crime/gangster flick, the synopsis for Woolwich Boys reads:

Woolwich Boys is a feature film that focuses on the lives of 4 Nigerian friends, who embark on a life of ‘419’ fraud crime between 2003/04. Based on true events, the story is focused on the metoric rise of ‘Wale’, a teenager who has recently arrived in Britain from Nigeria. When he is unable to complete his studies, he is enticed into a life of crime.

Everyone is probably familiar with the now infamous 419 scams that exploit our greed. I don’t think there has been a scripted feature film that really tackled it.

The film’s cast includes former Miss Nigeria UK, Chichi Okafor, comedian Lateef Lovejoy and Stanley Chinoso.

The film made its film festival debut in February at the Stoke-Your-Fires Film Festival, opening to rave reviews.

Here’s its most recent teaser Trailer:

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I believe the word "teaser" came before the word "trailer", one for the hater(s)… Think before making negative comments. This young guy is really inspiring, I'm looking forward to seeing the film.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Listen Live to on Monday 8 October at 11.30am GMT for an interview with the film's director Anthony Abuah. Watch the preview on Community Channel, also on Monday 8 October at 9pm, Sky Channel 539 or Virgin Media 233


While I'd be intrigued to see how any filmmaker would tell this complex (depending on how deep you want to take your audience in understanding various schemes) web of deceit called 419 differently from the ubiquitous Nollywood tales we've seen one too many times, this trailer doesn't tell me anything.

I'll take your word for it that it's garnering rave reviews, but if all I had to go by was this trailer, I'd pass on it. There was absolutely no details in this preview.

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