Sometimes the most compelling coming of age films have the hardest stories to tell, and Farming looks like it’s going to fall into that category without question. Written and directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Suicide Squad), the film tells the story of Enitan, one of the thousands of Nigerian children who were fostered by white families in a process that was coined as ‘farming’.
Inspired by Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own life, Enitan’s experience growing up is a tumultuous one. Tested not only by his questionable foster mother (Kate Beckinsale) but also his encounters with a skinhead gang in his teenage years, which leads him to question his place in a world he feels he doesn’t belong.
So far what’s on show with Farming looks to be hard-hitting stuff with potentially great performances from all involved, particularly Damson Idris who handles Enitan’s teenage years. It also doesn’t feel like the sort of territory Kate Beckinsale would venture in to, but she certainly seems to be handling things. We can only wait for the end result when Farming arrives in cinemas October 11.