Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje makes his debut at Sundance London

That old showbiz expression, Great happenings in little Rooms, came to pass at Sundance London’s Cinema Cafe on Friday.  Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko from Lost) directed a table reading of his screenplay called Farming.  He also managed to enlist the considerable acting talents of David Harewood (Homeland), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), Ashley Walters (Inside Men/Top Boy) and Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther) to play various roles.

Farming is a semi-autobiographical tale set in the UK of 1960/70s and is about a boy called Enitan whose Nigerian parents foster him to a White family whilst they work. An informal yet common practice at the time known as “Farming”.  The adult Enitan will struggle to find love and belonging and will become a member of a brutal skinhead gang.

Earlier in the week the script picked up Sundance London’s first Story Development Award and £10,000 grant adding to previous Sundance Annenberg Film Fellowship award won in 2007.

Stars weren’t confined to the reading as the likes of celebrity Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng, actors Chucky Venn (EastEnders), David Ajala (Payback Season) and rapper and Hip Hop Shakespearean Akala were in the audience which was standing room only.

Whilst it’s early days, speaking after the event Akinnuoye-Agbaje stated he hopes to make the film in the UK.

Words by Emerson Forde