Shareman Media, the Nigerian producer, and FilmOne Distribution, the Nigerian distributor of the feature film Half of a Yellow Sun, are pleased to announce that the highly anticipated film will be released in Nigerian cinemas on Friday, the 25th of April 2014. The public release will be preceded by the African premiere, to be held in Lagos prior to the release date.
Half of a Yellow Sun had its world premiere at the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada to great applause, and subsequently premiered in Europe at the BFI London Film Festival, London. The Film will be released in cinemas in Australia from 27th March, in the UK from 11th April, and in the US in the early summer.
Directed by the Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele, Half of a Yellow Sun stars the BAFTA Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and BAFTA Award-winning actor Thandie Newton. Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu, O. C. Ukeje, Tina Mba, Zack Orji, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and John Boyega led the supporting cast. The Film is a beautifully crafted adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Set in 1960s Nigeria, Half of a Yellow Sun is an epic love story, weaving together the lives of four people caught up in the turbulence of the Nigerian civil war. Half of a Yellow Sun is set to strike a special chord with movie-goers nationwide.
Attending the VIP premiere will be the BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), accompanied by Nigeria’s jewel, Genevieve Nnaji, O. C. Ukeje and the doyenne of Nigerian entertainment, Onyeka Onwenu. The Film’s director Biyi Bandele, Producer Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland), Associate Producer Sandra Obiago, Executive Producers Yewande Sadiku and Muhtar Bakare and D’Banj, whose “Bother You” was inspired by the Film, are also expected at the star-studded premiere. Our very own Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of the international best seller, is scheduled to lead this cream of world-class talent.
The Nigerian Premiere is proudly sponsored by Etisalat, the Wheatbaker Hotel and Arik Air.
Half of a Yellow Sun was largely funded by Nigerian investors, including the Bank of Industry and Cross River State Government. It was shot in the Tinapa Studios in Calabar and in various locations in Creek Town, and employed several hundreds of local residents as paid extras and artisans in the course of its production.
The technical quality of the film demonstrates that it is possible to make a high quality production in Nigeria with the appropriate budget and technical input. The film was officially invited to screen at several high-profile international film festivals in recognition of its ground-breaking quality.
The film is directed by a Nigerian and based on a book written by a Nigerian about events that occurred in Nigeria. The bulk of the funding came from Nigeria, and the film was shot in Nigeria, with large numbers of Nigerian cast and crew. The success of the film will require the support of all Nigerians, to ensure that many more projects that “tell our own stories” can access the required quantum of funding.
The producers humbly request all Nigerians to support this film by watching it and encouraging their friends around the world to watch it.