Originally a stage play which won an Olivier award, Gone Too Far! reaches Eastbourne on Wednesday September 23 in its film version.
Bola Agbaje’s adaptation of her own play is the choice for the opening of the Eastbourne Film Society’s new season at the Curzon Cinema with seats available as usual for the public.
Gone Too Far! is set in Peckham and illustrates perfectly how comedy can be more than lightweight entertainment. This film has much to say and offers a portrayal of sibling tension as seen in the relationship of two brothers but, even more crucially, the fact that they are members of a Nigerian family makes this piece a telling, insightful portrait of immigrants living in this country.
Yemi (Malachi Kirby) has grown up in London with his mother, but his brother (O.C. Ukeje) is newly arrived from Nigeria and Yemi, a teenager who wants to cultivate a smart image to impress a local girl, is embarrassed by the sudden appearance of a brother who appears decidedly unsophisticated. This is a warm-hearted, beautifully acted film, both amusing and touching. It may sound slight, but under the surface it presents a truthful insider’s view of what it means to live as an immigrant in England today. The Olivier award for the original play was itself recognition both of the entertainment value of the piece and of its ability to portray an important aspect of contemporary life in the UK.