Ekaragha to adapt Agbaje's play

LONDON — The British Film Institute and Poisson Rouge Pictures are joining forces to finance “Gone Too Far,” debut helmer Destiny Ekaragha’s adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s play.

The project is one of the first announced to receive production funding from the BFI Film Fund since the launch of its five-year plan “Film Forever: Supporting U.K. Film” on Oct. 3.

The coming-of-age comedy follows two estranged brothers, played by Brit Malachi Kirby and Nigerian O.C. Ukeje, who meet for the first time. Other cast members include U.K. actresses Shanika Warren-Markland and Adelayo Adedayo, and Nigerian actress Golda John.

The play, first performed at London’s Royal Court Theater, received the Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliated theater in 2007.

Pic will be produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre of Poisson Rouge Pictures with Francke and Chris Collins, another BFI senior exec, overseeing the project for the Film Fund.

Lensing will start Oct. 22 for four weeks in East and South London.

The BFI’s five-year plan emphasizes the importance of supporting aspirant and emerging filmmakers, and “Gone Too Far” is a clear example of that approach.

“Getting people to the starting line is a big responsibility for us,” said Ben Roberts, director BFI Film Fund.

The Film Fund will consider low-budget features from first-time directors at quarterly awards meetings.

“We think it’s important that they are judged in the round, so that we’re looking at them against each other,” said Roberts. “People can apply at any point in the year, but I think it really helps us to focus our minds on them because you get so much material in that space that it feels like we need to deal with them with their own focus.”

“Bola has crafted a wonderfully witty screenplay while Destiny’s vibrant shorts ‘Tight Jeans’ and ‘In The Park’ mark her out as a talent to watch,” said BFI Film Fund senior executive Lizzie Francke. “The two are a formidably talented combination.”

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