In this 75 minute session, we will be discussing the Nollywood tradition as it enters its most exciting years. Nadia Denton, film industry expert, will speak with Nigerian-born director Biyi Bandele about his directorial debut and the most expensive Nigerian movie to date, Half of a Yellow Sun. Adapted from Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie’s Orange-prize winning novel of the same name and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, CNN believe it to be “one of the most eagerly awaited films to come out of Africa in recent years.” Expect interesting anecdotes, unexpected revelations, and an insight into the current situation of the Nigerian film industry.
Biyi Bandele is a writer and director. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court Theatre as well as the BBC, having written Not Even God is Wise Enough (BBC2), directed by Danny Boyle, in 1994, and Bad Boy Blues, in 1995. He has written several novels, including The Man Who Came in from the Back of Beyond (Heinemann, 1991), The Sympathetic Undertaker and Other Dreams (Heinemann, 1992), The Street (Picador, 1999) and Burma Boy (Jonathan Cape, 2007). He was appointed the Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in 2000-2001. In 2013, he directed the drama series, Shuga, for MTV BASE. His adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half Of A Yellow Sun, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, is his feature directorial debut. He lives in London.
Nadia has been working in the film industry for over 10 years in exhibition, marketing and distribution. She has curated for venues including the BFI, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the British Museum; worked as a consultant for London Film School, the Brazilian Film Festival and Film Africa; and spoken on CNN and BBC Radio 4. In 2011 she released The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Finance, Market and Distribute Your Film. She is writing her second book The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood. She has a BA in Modern History from St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.