Nollywood or bust!
Cass BA Film and Broadcast Production graduate Destiny Ekaragha's first feature film Gone Too Far! just made the Top 10 Box Office Films in Nigeria for 2015, coming in at number 10 with N8.5M sales.
The London set movie, which had a successful run in UK cinemas in 2014 , has since been issued in DVD and shown on Film Four earned four stars in Time Out. Gone Too Far is a coming age story written by the award winning Bola Agbaje, based on her play of the same name, which won an Olivier Award. Eschewing cliched urban narratives of gun crime and drug use, Gone Too Far! focuses on two estranged brothers over a single day as they meet for the first time and struggle accept each other for who they are.
In 2015 Destiny directed Danny and the Human Zoo, based on a semi-autobiographical screenplay by Lenny Henry for the BBC and shown at prime time on a Bank Holiday to positive reviews.
Destiny was profiled last year in The Guardian where she described her specific challenges as a black female film director - only the third to complete a feature. “Are we saying black women don’t make films? That’s ridiculous. We’ve all got stories and they deserve to be told. I hope we reach double digits by next year.” Featuring Destiny on their front page, The Voice suggested Gone Too Far! is "Finally a film that tells our story", and there has been positive coverage in the Nigerian press too.
The film had it's world premiere at the 57th BFI London Film Festival where Destiny was shortlisted for the award of Best British Newcomer which highlights new British talent and is presented to an emerging writer, actor, producer or director. Destiny went on to be named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.
To get you in the mood for Gone Too Far! you can watch the trailer and enjoy some of Destiny's other work online:
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