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BFF19 Farming

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Based on his own incredible autobiographical story, writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje follows a young Nigerian boy as he is drawn into the warped world of a racist skinhead gang in 1980s England.
Enitan (Zephan Amissah/Damson Idris) is a young boy “farmed out” by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future. Ingrid Carpenter (Kate Beckinsale), is the working-class wife from a Gypsy background to whom he is entrusted, amidst a dozen other foster children. Caught between two worlds and belonging to neither, Enitan’s need for love and acceptance is exploited by the adults in his life, transforming a sweet boy into a teenage menace.
Driven by themes of identity, power, love and betrayal, Farming is rich with compelling characters: the complex and dubious Ingrid, Levi (John Dagleish) the charismatic gang leader whom Enitan must overcome, and at its heart our flawed hero, Enitan, a lost soul desperately searching for a mother’s love as he struggles to find himself in a brutal world. When all seems lost and Enitan spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher offers him one last chance at redemption.


OFFICIAL SELECTION: World Premiere, Discovery, Toronto International Film Festival, 2018

WINNER: Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2019


"Sheds light on a complicated, lesser-known aspect of Britain’s 20th-century history."

- THE SKINNY.co.uk

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 29th October


107 min




Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Damson Idris, John Dagleish


Film Festival

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso