I’m glad I decided to watch this interview with award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who’s been on press junket duties lately as her new novel (her third), titled Americanah, will land on Stateside shores on May 14, 2013, published by Knopf. Although it’s already been released (or will very soon be released) in other parts of the world, before it hits the USA (I know it becomes available for purchase today in the UK, April 11).
Naturally, she’s been traveling the globe, talking to the press and public about the novel, as its release date(s) draw near. And it was within the video interview below with the UK’s Channel 4 that I found a 50-second clip from the highly-anticipated upcoming film adaptation of her last novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun – the first piece of footage that I’ve seen from the film. In fact, it might be the only existing footage from the film that’s been made available to the public online. But if anyone has seen any other footage from the film, please let me know.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, John Boyega, Joseph Mawle, Genevieve Nnaji and others make up the film’s cast, with Biyi Bandele directing, and the UK’s Ealing Metro International backing/repping.
Described as an epic love story, here’s the official synopsis:
… weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world.
The crew includes award-winning cinematographer John de Borman (An Education, The Full Monty), production designer Andrew McAlpine (BAFTA winner for The Piano), with original music by composers Ben Onono and Paul Thompson.
If you missed it, read our Book To Film report on the project HERE.
The interview with Adichie below itself focuses primarily on her upcoming new novel with the clip from Half Of A Yellow Sun starting around the 35 second mark, if you want to skip right to it. It’s only about 40 seconds long, so consider it a tease while we wait for the first trailer to surface, which I suspect will be sooner than later, if only to take advantage of all the conversation around the release of Adichie’s new novel.
The scene features characters played by Ejiofor and Newton. I expect the film to make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.