Earlier today we brought you the trailer for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje‘s Farming, now Picturehouse Entertainment has released the UK Trailer for Shola Amoo‘s The Last Tree. Both films are coming of age stories, both men Nigerian descent.
In The Last Tree is based on semi-autobiographical story of Femi. Young British boy of Nigerian heritage fostered to loving parents in rural England. He returns to London to live with his birth mother, as he gets older he struggles to find the path of life he wants.
It seems to a common occurrence amongst young people these days struggling to find their life path. In a world with certain presidents of big countries (cough..Trump) spouting rhetorical racism to his own people.Even here in the UK with the Tory government handling of Windrush scandal, it’s no wonder young people find it hard to fit in anywhere.
This looks another powerful film highlighting the struggles of young people face in today’s spciety. It’s getting rave reviews, you might have to search for this one at your local arthouse cinema.
Directed by Shola Amoo, THE LAST TREE is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.
Director Shola Amoo (A Moving Image) blends aesthetics and tones beyond a conventional drama to present a modern, unique focus on youth and identity. An authentic spotlight on London at the turn of the millennium, THE LAST TREE evocatively explores the subject of belonging in a fresh and poetic way. Featuring a range of standout performances from a talented cast, including Sam Adewunmi in the lead role, this beautifully shot and stunningly directed film is quite simply unmissable.
The film stars Sam Adewunmi, Nicholas Pinnock, Denise Black, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Jayden Jean-Paul-Denis, Rasaq Kukoyi, Ibrahim Jammal, Tai Golding, and Layo-Christina Akinlude.
The Last Tree will be in UK cinemas from 20th September.