The Last Tree
(2019) 98 mins
Director: Shola Amoo
Writer: Shola Amoo
Cinematography: Stil Williams
Production Design: Antonia Lowe
Music: Segun Akinola
Femi (Tai Golding and Sam Adewumni) is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in foster care in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum (Gbemisola Ikumelo). Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.
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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.
“A gentle coming-of-age tale without the usual clichés, it’s also blessed with stylish cinematography and believable lead performances – Ikumelo brings genuine depth to the role of the monstrous matriarch – that enrich Amoo’s heartfelt exploration of race, identity and belonging. ” Radio Times
“The Last Tree is a sensitive and humbling story of self-exploration, culture and upbringing lavished with a welcome British touch. This beautiful film lets you know that you are never just the one thing that society wants you to be, and that it is the culmination of environments, people and life experiences that make you who you really are. Without question, the feature is a success for Amoo and his leading cast and it will be exciting to see what’s in store for them in the future.” The Upcoming