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Director Biyi Bandele Talks Adapting ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun,’ How It Was Financed, Tackling The Biafran War, What’s Next, More…

Director Biyi Bandele Talks Adapting 'Half Of A Yellow Sun,' How It Was Financed, Tackling The Biafran War, What's Next, More...

I suspect that, ahead of the film’s USA release, we’ll have our opportunity to chat with director Biyi Bandele about Half Of A Yellow Sun – his film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name, which will open in UK theaters a week this week, in Nigeria on April 25, and in the USA (via Monterey Media) on May 16.

But in the meantime, here’s an informative interview the director gave to our friends at Smart Monkey TV, in which he talks how the film came to be made; the inspiration for the novel itself; turning the novel into a film; telling the story from the point of view of the two sisters; how Nigerians see the Biafran War now; how the film was financed; its reception so far; and its release in the UK and Nigeria.

The 10-minute interview is embedded below, followed by 3 clips and a whole bunch of new images from the film.

Biyi Bandele’s feature film directorial debut, stars Chiwetel EjioforThandie Newton, John BoyegaAnika Noni RoseJoseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, in a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960s Nigeria as the backdrop.

Produced by Bafta award-winner Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Ega (The Constant Gardner), the film is a British/Nigerian co-production and was shot at Tinapa Film Studio in Nigeria and in the UK.

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