British Stage Play 'Gone Too Far' to Hit Cinema Screens

5:13 AM PST 10/11/2012 by Stuart Kemp

Destiny Ekaragha will direct Bola Adbaje's big screen version of her own play with Malachi Kirby, O.C. Ukeje and Golda John signed to star.

LONDON – The big screen adaptation of Bola Adbaje's stage play Gone Too Far, is one of the first projects to garner backing from the BFI Film Fund after the organization's revamp of its production cashpool.

The coming-of-age comedy marks the movie debut for director Destiny Ekaragha.

Produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre (The Hide) through his company Poisson Rouge Pictures, the project is co-funded by the BFI Film Fund.

BFI senior executives Lizzie Francke and Chris Collins will oversee the project and the movie is set to shoot for four weeks on location in East and South London later this month.

Agbaje has adapted the screenplay from her own play of the same name, which in 2007 won the Laurence Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliated theatre.

The playwright-turned-filmmaker received an Evening Standard Award nomination for most promising playwright in 2008 and has seen her other plays, including Belong and Off The Endz, performed in major theatres across London.

Gone Too Far follows the story of two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are.

Malachi Kirby (My Brother The Devil) and Nigerian actor O.C. Ukeje, soon to be seen in Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, star alongside Shanika Warren-Markland (Adulthood, 4.3.2.1), Adelayo Adedayo (Sket) and Nigerian actress Golda John, most recently seen alongside Simon Pegg in A Fantastic Fear of Everything.

Granier-Deferre described Adbaje's story as "a blisteringly funny, original and exciting representation of Black Britain today, and it is a unique opportunity to portray a vibrant community onscreen in a way that hasn’t been done before."

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