Femi Oyeniran

femiex2webFemi Oyeniran is a London-based actor who has starred in hit films including Kidulthood, Adulthood, 4,3,2,1 and Anuvahood. But Femi has also made the move from acting, to writing and co-directing his first feature being  It’s A Lot in which he also starred.

But things could have gone in a very different direction if Oyeniran had followed his parent’s careers advice. He completed  a law degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008, but after graduating decided to focus on acting. Femi had already starred in genre-defining films Kidulthood and Adulthood with Noel Clarke and Adam Deacon where he is best known for his role as ‘Moony’.

From his experience as an actor, Femi decided there was a lack of projects portraying a rounded view of the Inner City London Experience. His first project was a semi-autobiographical short film called Fresh off the Boat, which was nominated as part of the 2009 Film London ‘Best of Borough’ awards. The film tackles the issue of the cultural difficulties faced by young immigrants in London schools; – a topic very personal to Femi as he moved to England from Nigeria, at the age of ten.

In 2010, Oyeniran and a collective of his creative friends decided to develop an online chat show concept called Cut the Chat (www.cutthechat.co.uk). This website is uploaded with original content every week and has already accumulated over half a million views.

Oyeniran has also made numerous television appearances  on such programmes as The Daily Politics, The Today Programme, BBC Breakfast (teenage pregnancy for Kidulthood promo), Sky News and BBC News 24 to discuss youth culture in London. In 2006, Oyeniran was invited to speak alongside David Cameron at a Centre for Social Justice Event, “Thugs: Beyond Redemption?”  For the past 18 months, Femi has run a weekly film and acting workshop at a Young Offenders Institution.

During the same period Oyeniran shot a feature length documentary about fatherhood in the black community. This was the brainchild of Tottenham MP David Lammy and featured such personalities as Trevor McDonald, Tinie Tempah and Spike Lee amongst others.

its-a-lot-filmHaving starred in Demons Never Die and Anuvahood, Femi embarked on writing his first feature film. It’s A Lot is a feel good teen comedy inspired by Femi’s love of 1980’s classics such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Risky Business and House Party. The film received it’s theatrical release in October 2013 and was released for home entertainment in February 2014. Oyeniran plays the lead and also co-directed. Last summer Oyeniran filmed Taking Stock by award winning director Meave Murphy, starring alongside Kelly Brook, Scot Williams and Georgia  Groome. Oyeniran is currently putting the finishing touches to the script for The New Black Sheep, a film based on the London riots due to go into production this year.
Keep an eye open for this Black British rising star.