Half of a Yellow Sun is Nigeria’s most ambitious and most expensive film to date, Mary Isokariari reports.
BRITISH ACTRESS Thandie Newton new film Half of a Yellow Sun has been selected to open the Caribbean film festival in Trinidad and Tobago this September.
This will mark just the second time audiences are able to see the Nigerian film, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival just a few weeks prior.
The film is an adaptation of celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel of the same title, which won the Orange Broadbrand Prize for Fiction.
Set in 1960s Nigeria, the novel takes place during the Nigerian-Biafran War in 1967-1970.
The effect of the war, in which three million people died, is shown through the dynamic relationships of four people’s lives.
The massacres, the fear and the starving children who either suffer or die are told from their perspective.
It also features three-time Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is currently appearing in A Season in the Congo at the Old Vic in London.
Directed by acclaimed Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele, Half of a Yellow Sun is a product of “Nollywood” – which has become the third most valuable movie industry in the world behind only Hollywood and Bollywood.
It is also the country’s most ambitious and most expensive film to date, with a budget of N$1.27 billion (approximately US$8 million) and is a British-Nigerian co-production.
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