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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leke Adebayo ... Alahgi
Ademola Adedoyin Ademola Adedoyin ... Paddy
Adejola Adeyemi Adejola Adeyemi ... Monday
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Femi
Michael Akinsulire ... Nigerian Teacher
David Alase David Alase ... Older Mouthy
Zephan Hanson Amissah Zephan Hanson Amissah ... Young Emi
Brooklyn Appiah Brooklyn Appiah ... Sunday
Shane Attwooll ... Lead Docker
Zach Avery ... Officer Martin Fellows
Rachael Banjo Rachael Banjo ... Older Mingle
Theo Barklem-Biggs ... Scum
Kate Beckinsale ... Ingrid Carpenter
Bradley Bissett Bradley Bissett ... Tony Smith
Scarlett Brookes Scarlett Brookes ... Deb


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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Raw & Brutal Skinhead-themed Film..
17 November 2019 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Those negative reviews for this movie are a joke. People need to leave their personal feelings and viewpoints out of it when they are reviewing a movie. And those petty enough to call the director out as a "liar," claiming "this never happened" nonsense is equally ridiculous; it's a movie, created to entertain and or educate. Who cares if it's fact or fiction? The people with this complaint probably believe that Hollywood trash like "Pearl Harbor" is not mostly fiction. On to the technical aspects of this movie, (something that actually matters), "Farming" is a beautifully, artfully shot slice of eye candy, which is ironic considering the grotesquely ugly themes of this difficult movie. Kate Beckinsale is utterly believable as the Cockney speaking Londoner who brings extra cash into the house by raising the Nigerian children left in her care by parents who don't have the means to raise them. Growing up in a completely White surrounding, where most everyone seems to be at least a little racist, and sometimes intensely racist against the people who's skin color is the same as young Enitan, the Nigerian boy, thrust into this alien world where everyone looks different from him. This film is basically about self identity, and how our surroundings and upbringing shape the person we become, and how our minds work. So although Enitan is Black, he grows up like his peers, despising people with black skin. What an insane and unique theme for a film..FINALLY something different. When Enitan joins up with the skinhead gang who had been torturing him, things become quite intense indeed. He calls himself Andy and shaves off his offending afro, so desperate to be among the people he relates to, even as they hate him and abuse him to no end. Movies about skinhead culture are rare, maybe one appears every 10 years or so. This one stands out with the best of them, including "This Is England," "Romper Stomper," and is especially similar in tone to "Made In Britain" with Tim Roth. Also worthy of praise is the acting in "Farming," as everyone turns in intensely believable performances. John Dagleish gives an especially ferocious performance as 'Levi,' the leader of the Tilbury skinheads, and Damson Idris' portrayal of the tortured, self loathing Enitan is brave and faultless. This movie is destined for cult status as it finds it's right audience. Those pathetic 1 star reviews prove that this film reached the wrong audience. Oh well, "Blade Runner" was also a flop when it first came out, so only time will tell. I recommend "Farming" to fans of edgy cinema that doesn't shy away from uncomfortable scenarios, and also to those interested in the Skinhead youth culture of the 70's and 80's. Similar to "The Krays" and "Legend," thankfully this is also a British production, so it manages to avoid the sappy, moralizing and PC garbage that Hollywood feels the need to inject into it's productions.

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Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Gillingham, Kent, England, UK See more »


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