Day 3 of the 5th annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival in Brooklyn, NY, at BAMcinématek, includes the New York premiere of the British drama “Gone Too Far,” a feature film written by Bola Agbaje, and directed by Destiny Ekaragha (both Nigerian Brits), a funny, sharp and observant coming-of-age comedy, set on a small up-beat estate in Peckham, in the heart of the Afro-Caribbean community, that follows a group of kids (led by two estranged teenage brothers meeting for the first time – Yemi and his older brother Ikudayisi, who’s arriving from Nigeria) over a single day, as they overcome conflict in an effort to simply survive and thrive. As the Notting Hill Carnival beats away in NW London, this group of kids are having their own carnival in SE15.
The film features a young cast of up and coming actors, with Malachi Kirby (“My Brother The Devil”) taking the role of Yemi. Kirby was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2011 Evening Standard Awards for his role in the play “Mogadishu.” Nigerian actor O.C. Ukeje, seen in “Half of a Yellow Sun” alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, plays Ikudayisi. Also appearing are Shanika Warren-Markland (“Adulthood,” “220.127.116.11”) as Armani, the object of Yemi’s desire, and Adelayo Adedayo (“Sket”) as her best friend Paris. Nigerian actress Golda John, seen alongside Simon Pegg in “A Fantastic Fear of Everything,” plays Yemi and Ikudayisi’s mother.
“Bola has crafted a wonderfully witty screenplay while Destiny’s vibrant shorts ‘Tight Jeans’ and ‘In The Park’ really mark her out as a talent to watch… The two are a formidably talented combination,” said BFI Film Fund senior executive Lizzie Francke, when the project was selected as 1 of 12 projects shortlisted for Film London’s 4-day boot camp, backed by BBC Films, while the film was in pre-production a few years ago.
“Gone Too Far” is produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre of Poisson Rouge Pictures with Francke and Chris Collins, also from BFI, overseeing the project for the Film Fund.
And for her direction of the film, Destiny Ekaragha was selected by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA – essentially the UK equivalent of the AMPAS) as a 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough talent. She was one of 18 honorees.
“Gone Too Far” screens at the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival tonight at 9:45pm, at BAMcinématek! It’s a wonderfully charming, fast-paced comedy-drama for a Saturday night, and is recommended viewing if you’re in NYC, presenting a world and an experience likely foreign to most on this side of the pond. So you’ll be both entertained and educated.
For ticket info to tonight’s screening, visit: http://www.bam.org/film/2015/gone-too-far.
You’ll find clips from the film intercut with the below interview with director Ekaragha: