The Last Tree trailer: Director Shola Amoo looks at race, culture and identity in the UK
While the British film industry continues to roll out tired, period dramas that uphold the tourist vision of life on these shores, opportunities for filmmakers like Shola Amoo are few and far between. The Last Tree is his second film, following on from 2016's A Moving Image, and is partially based on his own experiences growing up as a British child of Nigerian heritage. In our Sundance London review we said: "Amoo continues to give voice to viewpoints British cinema desperately needs more of to consider itself a truly diverse industry, and films like The Last Tree will hopefully go a long way to breaking down those longstanding barriers".
There are some similarities to be found with Moonlight, although the themes are wholly different, looking at the cultural struggle faced by many non-white children growing up in the UK. It also stars a breakout performance by Sam Adewunmi, who could be one to watch in the future. Check out the trailer for The Last Tree above.
The Last Tree is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early '00s.
Amoo also wrote the script and starring alongside Adewunmi is Demmy Ladipo, Denise Black, Gbemisola Ikumelo and Nicholas Pinnock.
The Last Tree will open in select UK Cinemas on September 27.