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London Live to air Nigerian crime thriller this month

NIGERIAN FILM: Actors Stanley Chinoso (left) and Ade Odunuga star in the Nigerian crime thriller Woolwich Boys

LONDON LIVE, the capital’s TV channel has acquired three feature films and one short film from the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF), that it will premiere this month as part of their Independent Film Season for their London Film House strand.

One of the films picked by London Live is Anthony Abuah’s, Woolwich Boys, which is based on a young man called Wale who has just arrived in the UK from Nigeria.

Struggling to pay his university tuition, he is soon enticed into a life of '419' fraud crime and is lured into the criminal underworld of Woolwich's Nigerian community.

Here, filmmaker Anthony Abuah talks to The Voice about Woolwich Boys:

How did you decide on the title for the film?
The film is based on true events and Woolwich is the area where the events took place.

What was it like seeing your film on the big screen at BUFF? Was it everything you expected?
It's always good to see your film play at a film festival. BUFF wasn't the first but was certainly the most impactful.


DIRECTOR: Anthony Abuah

Why did you submit to BUFF? How did you hear of the festival?
An actor in my film, Lateef Lovejoy informed Emmanuel about our film and Emmanuel got in touch with me about BUFF.

How would you sum up the festival, what makes buff unique?
Buff focuses on filmmakers not stars.

How did you feel when your film was selected by Buff for London live submission?
It feels good to know people in the UK can finally see the film on free-to-air tv.

What have been the highlights of your career since screening at buff and now a London Live two-year-deal?
Having the Metro film Eeditor list it as one of the top 5 films to see in London (April 2013)

Why should people tune into watch Woolwich Boys?
Firstly, it's an honest story. But if you're curious about Internet scammers and how they work, tune in.


The London Film House: Independent Season kicks off from 20th August
Freeview 8, YouView 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159

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