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Friday, 25 April 2014
s "Half of a Yellow Sun" A British Film, Nigerian Film or British Nigerian Film?
I know that many people in Nigeria are hailing Biyi Bandele's
first feature "Half of a Yellow Sun" as the best thing to happen to
Nollywood since "Living in Bondage" and the Nigerian executive producers
are celebrating it as the most expensive Nigerian film that cost them
US$10 million. But in the US and Europe, it is reviewed as a British
funded British film, because to them it is a British film by a British
director Biyi Bandele, lead actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton
are also British.
Half of a Yellow Sun’ explores UK colonial legacy in Nigeria
‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ has been praised as one of just a handful of
British films that engage with Britain’s post-imperial legacy in
Nigeria, critics say it doesn’t do the book justice describing it as "a
diverting but surface-level saga".
spent a large chunk of last year banishing family demons in Nigeria,
where he filmed the British-financed Half of a Yellow Sun, based on
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's brilliant book about the Biafran war. The
conflict prompted his parents to flee the country, emigrating to London,
where they had Chiwetel, along with his elder brother and two younger
sisters. The fighting also uprooted his grandfather, a story Ejiofor
captured on tape a few years ago.
Source: euronews.com Daily Mail of UK bfi.org.uk/news independent.co.uk