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Femi Oyeniran is a Nigerian-British actor and director who started his career in the cult classic Kidulthood, playing the role of "Moony" in 2006. It was followed by the 2008 sequel Adulthood.[3] His first feature film as a director "It's A Lot" was released theatrically by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment in 2013.[4] Oyeniran sold his second movie "The Intent" to Netflix for a worldwide release; it appeared on the platform on 15 May 2017.[5][6] The film had already peaked at number 3 on the iTunes Movie Chart and opened to sold out cinemas. It was funded, shot and distributed completely independently.

Femi Oyeniran
Born
ResidenceIslington, North London[2]
NationalityEnglish/Nigerian
OccupationActor, Director, Producer, Writer
Known forKidulthood

Adulthood
The Intent
Taking Stock

Anuvahood
Children2

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CareerEdit

Oyeniran's TV appearances include ITV’s "Golden Hour", Channel 4’s "The Ghost Squad" and BBC's "Absolutely Fabulous". His theatre debut was at the Hackney Empire in a two-hander called "Basic". He has appeared on news channels BBC News 24 and Sky News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and the BBC Asian Network to discuss youth culture in London. He was involved in an organization called Smart Justice for Young People, which looked at alternative modes of punishing petty crime.[7] This led to him being asked to make a TV report for BBC 2’s “The Daily Politics" Programme. In July 2006, he accepted a request to speak alongside David Cameron at a Centre for Social Justice Event. In 2009, 'Fresh Off The Boat' became Femi's first foray into film directing. The film was nominated as part of the 2009 Film London 'Best of Boroughs' awards.[8]

He produces and hosts an online panel chat show and podcast called Cut the Chat [[[9]]], it sees Femi along with his friends DJ Ace, Damon the barber and comedian Littleman tackle trivia as well as profound issues.[10] The show has proven a success with sold out tours around the country as well as live shows at the Camden Roundhouse and Tate Britain. The podcast is published once a week on Youtube, Soundcloud and on the Apple podcast app.

As an actor, he is best known for his roles as 'Moony' in Kidulthood and its sequel Adulthood, as well as 'Bookie', in a comedy spin-off Anuvahood, a film made by Adam Deacon. It's A Lot, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced was released in Spring 2013.[11][12][13] (UK). In 2014, he produced a 10-part series for Sky Living called Venus vs. Mars, which aired in April 2015. In the same year, he directed the short film “Red Room”, and starred alongside Kelly Brook and Georgia Groome in 'Taking Stock' by award-winning director Maeve Murphy. He also played the lead in Film London funded 'City Lights'. 2016 saw Oyeniran independently release feature film The Intent, which he co/wrote, co/produced and co/directed with Nicky 'Slimting' Walker. The film was received positively as a story with "confidence and style".[14] In November 2016, he executive produced ITV2 comedy Dropperz, and went on to work as assistant producer on Kudos/Sky Atlantic series TIN STAR. The prequel to the 2016 hit, The Intent, The Intent 2: The Come Up[15] (Co-Written, Produced & Directed alongside Nicky Slimting Walker) stood tall at the box-office on its opening weekend (21/09/2018), opening as the #1 film in several of the UK’s biggest Cinemas (Odeon Greenwich, Showcase Newham, Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza, Odeon Surrey Quays and Showcase Walsall), and enjoying the second highest screen average that weekend. It is now available on Netflix. The film won Best UK Movie at the Mvisa awards.[16] It also won big at the National Film Awards, picking up three awards including "Best Action Film.[17] Femi also wrote episode 5 of Netflix series Turn Up Charlie, which sees Idris Elba playing the lead.

In addition to his work in film, television and theatre, Femi has delivered a series of workshops to young people in Young Offenders Institutions. In 2014 Femi was invited to give a TEDxParliament Talk[18][19] on the theme of democracy, which was inspired by his extensive work with young offenders. He also sat as a Commissioner on the Speaker of the House of Commons' Commission on Digital Democracy Commission, which explored modes of improving democratic participation through the use of technology.[20]

Political viewsEdit

Oyeniran has an interest in politics.[1] In 2017, Oyeniran worked with the team that created the #Grime4Corbyn hashtag. The aim of the grassroots campaign was to galvanise young people on social media and endorse the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election. Oyeniran explained that the movement has plans far beyond the June 8 vote saying: "The long-term aim is for it to go beyond the election, it's not just about what happens with Jeremy Corbyn in (this) election. It's about youth engagement, it's about young people caring about politics, it's about young people taking action for things they’re not happy about around them. So it's much more than Corbyn."[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Oyeniran, was born in Nigeria[1] and raised in Islington, North London.[2] He attended St Aloysius College,[2] St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College and studied law[22] at the London School of Economics.

In addition to acting and filmmaking, Femi is a keen Manchester United football fan[1] He is a Christian and a married father of two.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Femi Oyeniran". TEDx Houses of Parliament. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Brigstock-Barron, Rory (1 November 2013). "Kidulthood actor Femi Oyeniran turns director for new film". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ Potton, Ed (27 September 2008). "Panel of Experts: Inner-city views of Adulthood". The Times. London. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Kaleidoscope Film Distribution". www.kaleidoscopefilmdistribution.com. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ "'The Intent' Is Making A Netflix Debut - The Beat London 103.6 FM". www.thebeat1036.com.
  6. ^ "The Intent is coming to Netflix!".
  7. ^ "Stop investing in crime and start investing in - Smart Justice". Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Best of Boroughs Film Awards". Film London. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  9. ^ http://www.cutthechat.co.uk
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 1Xtra - 1Xtra Chat, Cut the Chat on 1Xtra: Jamaica stories and weightloss tips". BBC. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Kidulthood star gives riot victims roles in UK's answer to Ferris".
  12. ^ "Teen comedy filmed in Tottenham". BBC News. 29 October 2012.
  13. ^ http://www.tottenhamjournal.co.uk/news/tottenham_students_become_film_stars_for_the_week_1_1674397
  14. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (28 July 2016). "The Intent review – pulsating south London crime thriller". the Guardian.
  15. ^ "THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP". Filmoria.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  16. ^ "The 2018 MViSA Awards Roaring Success". www.biffestival.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  17. ^ "National Film Awards: Idris Elba's Yardie wins big". The List. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  18. ^ http://www.tedxhousesofparliament.com/2014/speakers/femi-oyeniran
  19. ^ TEDx Talks (10 July 2014). "Prison democracy - Femi Oyeniran - TEDxHousesofParliament" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy". UK Parliament.
  21. ^ Atack, Patrick (8 June 2017). "London Grime artists target youth vote". France: Euronews. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  22. ^ Percival, Jenny (11 December 2008). "Knife-carrying down in crime 'hotspots'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 March 2010.

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