It’s in a very limited theatrical release in the USA currently, opening on just 1 screen a week ago, to likely expand to a few more cities this weekend, and thereafter; but it’s probably safe to say that most of you will not get the opportunity to see Half of a Yellow Sun in a theatrical setting.
Based on the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun is a romantic drama set in the backdrop of 1960s Nigeria during the country’s turbulent civil war. The film centers around the diverging destinies of two sisters, Olanna (played by Thandie Newton) and Kainene (played by Anika Noni Rose) who are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon 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 (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (played by John 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 even herself when she falls in love with Richard (portrayed by Joseph Mawle), an English writer.
The film takes audiences on an emotional journey with the sisters and their lovers, through the Biafran war.
Kevin Kasha, Head of Acquisitions for Starz, said, “Starz is pleased to partner with Monterey Media to acquire the exclusive U.S. premium television rights to Half of a Yellow Sun, a film that is yet another example of Nigeria’s thriving film industry. We are honored to premiere and showcase a film across our family of STARZ channels and services that encourages reflection, sparks dialogue surrounding poignant historical moments, and at times may parallel histories with contemporary society. The movie captures compelling narratives about human relationships through the lens of war with incredible performances from a stellar cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose.”
Released by Monterey Media, Half of a Yellow Sun is written and directed by Biyi Bandele, based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; the executive producer is Yewande Sadiku and the producer is Andrea Calderwood. Filmed at Tinapa Studios an on location in Calabar, Nigeria and at Shepperton Studios in London; Co-produced by Shareman Media Limited, The British Film Limited and Yellow Sun Limited.