March, 25th: Rushlake Media acquired the world sales rights for UK-Nigerian co-production Walking with Shadows created by acclaimed multi-award-winning Nigerian entrepreneur, writer, culture figure, film and TV producer Funmi Iyanda. The OYA Media production Walking With Shadows is adapted from Jude Dibia’s book of the same title, published in 2005 and awarded with Sweden’s Natur och Kultur Prize.
In Walking With Shadows a man is caught up with a secret which he buried deeply. The film tells the story about his journey to self-acceptance – yet his character arc has a universal resonance which encompasses all forms of struggle for personal freedom.
“Walking With Shadows has an outstanding quality and tells the story of its main characters in an exceptionally empathetic way. We’re very happy to be onboard this film and to work with the outstanding team of producers; Funmi Iyanda, Olumide Makanjuola, Victoria Thomas, Xeenarh Mohammed and director Aoife O’Kelly. There’s no doubt that Walking with Shadows fits to our line-up composed of Africa’s Finest Cinema” says Philipp Hoffmann, founder and managing director of Rushlake Media.
Oya Media emphasizes: “We wanted a partner with nuanced understanding of our film and the weight it carries within our culture. Rushlake Media is that partner. They have a wealth of experinece with films from Africa and a passion for a great new African cinema. Walking with Shadows is in great hands”
2019 / UK – NIGERIA / 90 min
Created by: Funmi Iyanda
Directed and written by: Aoife O’ Kelly
Cast: Ozzy Agu, Zainab Balogun, Wale Ojo
An OYA Media production in partnership with The Initiative for Equal Rights
In Lagos, Nigeria, Ebele Njoko has been running away from his true identity his entire life. A search for validation and love from his family has led him to create himself as Adrian Njoko, a character at variance with himself but one more acceptable to society. Suddenly, Adrian’s past and secrets have caught up with him and his world soon begins to crumble as he frantically tries to control the growing ripple effect of a revelation. In a context of strong religious and cultural beliefs the repercussions of this news soon threatens the perfect life he had created. Adrian now has to confront past traumas and starts a quest for acceptance and understanding.
Creative Director / Producer
Funmi Iyanda’s talent is turning dark matter to light. As creator of Nigeria’s most iconic talk show, she won 57 industry awards. Her BBC commissioned My Country Nigeria was nominated for best news documentary at Monte Carlo Film and TV festival whilst her gritty Web social-political diary, Chopcassava was nominated for best web series at Banff Film and Television Festival.
Aoife O’Kelly is an Irish writer/director, based in London. Her latest short film Lula has been nominated for a number of awards including Best Student Short Film at the London Short Film Festival.
Rushlake Media offers multi-lane distribution paths and positions films on festivals, TV channels and video-on-demand platforms. Rushlake Media has a strong focus on African content and has been working to raise the profile of African film worldwide since 2013. Films represented internationally by Rushlake Media include Supa Modo, Liyana and Sew The Winter To My Skin.
You can find more information about Rushlake Media on its official website: https://www.rushlake-media.com/