Magazine article Screen International

Chiwetel Ejiofor Begins Shoot on Directorial Debut

Magazine article Screen International

Chiwetel Ejiofor Begins Shoot on Directorial Debut

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BBC Films, Participant Media, BFI back production.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Production on the untitled directorial debut of Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun in Malawi.

Ejiofor will star in the project he also adapted from the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

Participant Media, BBC Films and BFI back the project.

Potboiler Productions’ Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce with BBC Films’ Joe Oppenheimer, the BFI’s Natascha Wharton and authors Kamkwamba and Mealer.

Cornerstone handles international sales.

12 Years A Slave star Ejiofor said: “William’s story represents what has to be the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty, and with potential which simply needs access to opportunity in order to be fully unleashed. William’s determination and inventiveness created something that not only meant the end of the “hungry season” for his community, it also catapulted him into a future where all his potential could be realised.

“I want this to be a film that allows people to see that Malawi, and the world, will be all the better for everything William and those like him are able to contribute when they have the opportunities they urgently need to carve out their own extraordinary destinies. …

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