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“Half of a yellow sun” gets thumbs up from movie goers

09 April 2014, 21:17

London – The film Half of a yellow sun, an adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s, novel has been described by movie goers in London as one of Nigeria’s finest brand.

The film, which depicts the story of the Nigerian Civil War, love and family, saw a “sold out ticket” in its premiere on Tuesday night at the Odeon Cinema in streatham.

Some movie goers at the premiere said that the film would become one of the nation’s international acclaimed brands given its unique story line.

Others said  they were satisfied with the superb performances by `A list’of international and local cast in the film.

The hall was full to capacity with people of all races, who wanted to fill in the gaps on the story of Nigeria’s civil war.

The film, which was directed by Biyi Bandele, featured stars like the Nigerian-born British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Hollywood actress Thandie Newton.

Others are Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, John Boyega and Joesph Mawle among others.

 Bandele said the film was quite contemporary in style and had received positive responses from movie goers.

He expressed the hope that the film will go a long way in countering the stereotypes about the nation, adding that “the cast of the film was a selection of best actors”.

Also speaking Ejiofor, who won the British Academy Film Awards 2014, for his role in 12 years a slave said that the film was a “beautiful story based on the Biafra civil war which captured the beauty of the Nigerian society”.

The author said she was delighted that the film was able to capture the essence of the novel.

She said the book portrayed the message she tried to pass across about love, relationships and the civil war.

 Half of a yellow sun had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The film will also be premiered in Nigeria and the U.S. in April.


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