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Farming (2018)

R | | Drama | 25 October 2019 (USA)
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Based on the writer/director's childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, 'farmed out' by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.
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Credited cast:
Kate Beckinsale ... Ingrid Carpenter
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Ms. Dapo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Femi
Jaime Winstone ... Lynn
Cosmo Jarvis ... Jonesy
Theo Barklem-Biggs ... Scum
Damson Idris ... Enitan
Zach Avery ... Martin Fellows
John Dagleish ... Levi
Lee Ross ... Jack
Ann Mitchell ... Hilda
Tom Canton ... Bomber
Skye Lourie ... Paula
James Eeles ... Fathead
Genevieve Nnaji ... Tolu
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Based on the writer/director's childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, 'farmed out' by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.

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Between the 1960's and 1980's in the UK, Thousands of Nigerian Children Were Fostered to White Families. This Practice Was Called Farming.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing racial violence and epithets throughout, pervasive language and some crude sexual material | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


While not depicted in the film, as a young child growing up in Tilbury, Wally aka Adewale would tap dance for garri soakings and cashews outside of Gray's. His nickname was Mr. Bojangles. See more »


Ms. Dapo's phone number is eleven digits long and begins with 013. In the 1980s UK phone numbers were ten digits long and the only ones which began with 01 were London's which had the dialing code 010. See more »

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There Was An Interesting Story Here - This Isn't It
27 October 2019 | by KraussMaffeiSee all my reviews

In the early 1990s while dinning in an African restaurant in Los Angeles, I bumped into Adewale - he'd heard my English accent as I spoke with my West African wife and struck up a conversation. We exchanged numbers and agreed to meet up again having mentioned our mutual interest in the movie industry. He was just breaking into Hollywood and I fancied myself a screenwriter. Adewale shared the phenomenon of 'farming the children,' recounting his own experiences under that abdication of parental responsibility. Since we're both Londoners of similar age we shared stories of our youth in the late seventies. I spent that period of my life deeply immersed in the British punk rock scene, itself a hub for the skinhead and mod revivals. I have no recollection of Adewale mentioning his peculiar involvement in a gang of ultra-violent white racist skinheads during this era; perhaps shame dictated he avoid speaking of such an astonishing episode in his life.What I do know is that his movie's portrayal of nineteen-seventies white working-class English people and of the subcultures of their children is absurdly cartoonish and trite. The neo-Nazi, psycho-skin trope has been a reliable contemporary Hammer Horror-like monster which 'Farmed' disappointingly enjoins. It's unfortunate since this era's youth is redolent with story lines worth telling - and worth telling accurately. The working-class English who lived during that time are a kaleidoscope of characters and attitudes worthy of honest examination as are their interactions with immigrants and their English-born children. To portray them as generally bigoted, oafish, humourless and hyper-aggressive is to indulge a stereotype no less insulting than the black pimp or the inscrutable Asian. Nigerian farmed children have unique and lamentable stories, but for me this film failed to capture the emotional complexity and profundity of the arrangement due to heavy-handed poetic license of the writer/director.

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