Gone too Far Screening

29 September 2014


'I don't think I have ever laughed from beginning to end watching a film. EVER.'

I've secretly been dispirited with UK Film recently. 
Since Kidulthood graced our screens in 2006 we've had an array of Inner City features that have never really been on par.
Victim 2011, written by Michael Maris and Ashley Chin gave us hope that the UK was doing something right - since then nothing has brought back my love for UK independent films...
Until watching Gone Too Far.

My talented (actress) friend and blogger Shanika invited me to the press screening of Gone Too Far earlier this month.
She plays the feisty, man-hungry Armani - which she absolutely nailed!
As I sat in the comfy cinema chairs, the opening sequence revealed Peckham high street, I smiled as I saw South London being shown.
Yemi played by Malachi Kirby immediately caught my attention. His face first graced the screen, in a POV shot of him checking himself out in the mirror - Then MUM bursts in - in true african mummy mode her accent pierced through the cinema speakers in a tone that only those who have grown up with 'typical african' parents would understand.
I was in total ore.
I don't think I have ever laughed from beginning to end watching a film. EVER .


"When Peckham teenager Yemi meets his long-lost Nigerian brother Iku for the first time, his estranged sibling’s African heritage and unimpressive fashion sense soon start to endanger Yemi’s street cred, particularly when trying to impress local troublemaking temptress Armani. Adolescent angst and cultural tensions erupt in this razor-sharp comedy from a team of vibrant new British talent."


As a women from Nigerian decent I could definitely empathise with the issues raised. 
I never knew my 'African' side as my father was non-existent so I had no choice but to embrace my Vietnamese side. My earliest memory of denying my African side was when I started a new primary school in year 5 and someone asked me my ethnic background, I answered 'Vietnamese and Black'.
I mean what the hell was BLACK? 
African? Jamaican? Small Island? 
They took it and assumed I was Jamaican and I never thought to correct them.
So every time someone asked I would simply say 'I'm half Vietnamese and Half Black'. It had taken me all through primary school to secondary school. It wasn't until I started college that I realised African's where more accepted and I guess it was somewhat 'OK' be African.

Sad. But true.

Gone Too Far addresses issues that we still deal with until this day.
Black, white, brown, yellow - we are all equal.
Told through comedy this film demonstrates how important it is not to let anyone make you feel you are worth nothing just because of where you originate from.
I know I for one am very cautious not to judge people because of their backgrounds but you can't help stereotype.

****

Virgos and Kisses Rating

I can honestly say this is one film I would happily watch over and over again. I think it is important that even though this is a comedy it can be shown throughout schools and educational purposes to highlight prejudice within our community.
Directed by Destiny Ekaragha and written by Bola Agbaje this extraordinary story makes you feel as though you are on this journey with the characters. Every character, every feeling and emotion becomes you when watching Gone too Far - I can not recommend this film enough!

Out in cinemas October 10th!  

A huge thank you to Shanika Warren-Markland and Caroline at Rabbit Publicity for the invitation!


2 comments

  1. Love the inclusion of personal experience as well as a movie review!

    Have to say I did think you were of Caribbean descent! I have to admit when I was younger there was a large number of Caribbean presence at primary school so to me black meant Caribbean. It wasn't until I reached secondary school and especially college that I understood that "black" covers a diverse spectrum of cultures and nationalities! Caribbean didn't just represent Jamaican but Dominican, Bajan, St Lucian etc and African didn't only mean Nigerian, Ghanaian etc and its like everyone started sharing their home experiences and realised everyone was going through the same things too! My parents are Jamaican but that didn't stop me sharing/relating to stories with my African friends. Cultures may differ in some ways but ultimately black parents share ALOT of similarities lol! Anyways I will be keeping an eye out for its release, can't wait to watch!

    http://lavinyaroyes.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  2. Hi Michelle!

    This movie sounds great haha - south london is where my roots are too!

    It makes me so sad that there are still so many stereotypes and judgments based on nationality/race/religion today. We're so advanced in so many ways, yet basic things like this that you would think would be long gone by now are still rife.

    That was great of you to share something so personal like that... I also remember doing something similar at school where I would consider myself British and only partly acknowledge my Asian roots. It's such a shame that anyone would ever feel like they want to do such a thing!

    Love Shani xo
    Co-founder at Style Honey
    www.stylehoney.com

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