The Last Tree

"This is smart, thought-provoking filmmaking." ★★★★ Arts Desk "An arresting and often poetic watch." ★★★★ Empire

Showing Times

Sat 19 Oct 21:00
Sun 20 Oct 17:45
Mon 21 Oct 20:50
Tue 22 Oct 18:30
Thu 24 Oct 20:50

Young Femi has been placed in care with a kindly foster mother in Lincolnshire. He has good mates and someone for whom he is the centre of their world.  It's all turned upside down when his birth mother comes to reclaim him and take him back to a life of harsh parenting, poverty and daily strife at the local secondary school. Femi - now played by exceptional newcomer Sam Adewunmi - turns into a truculent and monosyllabic teen, full of anger towards the mother who expects him to behave like a dutiful Nigerian son.  When local hood Mace takes Femi up as his muscle, Femi confronts some tough choices about life as a young black man.

This is the second feature from talented writer/director Shola Amoo, and he's drawing on some of his own childhood experiences.  If the plot sounds at all schematic, it really is not.  Story and character feel nuanced and fresh, the soundtrack is suitably unsettling, and the excellent camerawork finds a level of poetry in views of the grim cityscape.  It's a rich and rewarding picture of the complexity of being not only young, black and male in London, but also of the tensions from a cross-cultural inheritance. It's a rare good 'un!

On Tue 22 Oct local charity RDF will host the screening. RDF seeks to support parents in challenged and deprived communities, runs quality parenting projects and recommends great classes for children. In an After-Screening Conversation between local residents - Community Carer Olapeju Coker and charity Founder Director Roger Diamond - RDF will discuss issues highlighted in the film.


Film Information

99 mins

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