Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Damson Idris are starring in the British drama Farming with shooting tentatively scheduled for August in the U.K. and Nigeria.
Nigerian-British writer and director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is directing a screenplay based on his autobiographical story of the same name. The script was developed in the SFI and chronicles Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own coming-of-age story growing up fostered by a white working class family in the U.K.
Idris, star of John Singelton’s upcoming FX series Snowfall, will play the lead. Beckinsale will portray his foster mother, a stern, hard-loving, and, at times, self-serving woman.
During the 1960s–1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were sent to white working class families in the U.K. But as they were in private foster care, many of them were never registered with social services, making them invisible to the authorities. Many were never reunited with their birth parents.
In the film, the lead character is sent to the U.K. by his parents in hopes of achieving a better life, but ends up becoming the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980s England. When all seems lost, he gets one last shot at redemption.