Half of a Yellow Sun (R)

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Half a Yellow Sun

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Time Out says

Wed Apr 9

This well-acted adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel starts like a college soap opera, before turning into a Nigerian ‘Gone with the Wind’. It follows the fortunes of sisters caught up in the aftermath of the country’s 1960 independence. Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose shine as English-educated twins: both return home to play their part in nation-building, only to be swept along by conflict.

This first feature by British-based, Nigerian-born playwright Biyi Bandele makes strong use of newsreel archive. But Bandele struggles to inject emotion: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s academic and Joseph Mawle’s writer barely seem worthy of the passion expended on them by Newton and Rose. ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ bravely takes on too broad a canvas with too narrow a budget, but it’s a relevant saga that’s worth telling.

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Rated:

R

US release:

Fri May 16, 2014

Duration:

111 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Biyi Bandele

Screenwriter:

Biyi Bandele

Cast:

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

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