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Gone Too Far (12a)

Kush is pleased to announce our Marketing/PR involvement in the latest British Urban Comedy Film that’s looking to ask serious questions about inner-city racial stereotypes in a fun light-hearted manner in this comedic community tale.

Verve Pictures & The BFI Presents

Based on the Olivier Award-Winning play by Bola Agbaje


When Peckham teenager Yemi meets his long-lost Nigerian brother Iku for the first time, his estranged sibling’s African heritage and unimpressive fashion sense soon start to endanger Yemi’s street cred, particularly when trying to impress local troublemaking temptress Armani.

Adolescent angst and cultural tensions erupt in this razor-sharp comedy from a team of vibrant new British talents, adapted from Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play which premièred at the Royal Court and directed by Destiny Ekaragha director
of award winning short Tight  Jeans.

Starring: Malachi Kirby, O.C Ukeje, Shanika Warren-Markland, Adelayo Adedayo, Golda John, Tosin Cole, Miles McDonald, Eddie Kadi, KG Tha Comedian, Bhasker Patel, Kulvinder Ghir
& Michael Maris.

Low-key, low-budget, high-intelligence… a superbly judged comedy of racial manners’ (Time Out)

Directed by Destiny Ekaragha
Screenplay by Bola Agbaje


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Yemi – Malachi Kirby
Malachi’s film credits include Fallen (Silver Reel), Kajaki (Pukka Films), Dough (Viva Films), the award-winning My Brother The Devil (Sundance Festival 2012), The Last Showing (Philm Company), Offender (Revolver) and Film 4 short Jonah (Sundance Festival 2013). Television includes co-lead in BBC film drama My Murder, Silent Witness (BBC), Way to Go (BBC) and Sky drama Lawless.

Theatre includes the lead role in Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Royal Northampton), Rough Cuts (Royal Court Theatre), The Realness (Young Vic Theatre) and Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company). Malachi was selected for Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2013 and nominated for Most Promising Newcomer in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.


Ikudayisi – O.C. Ukeje
O.C. Ukeje is a multi-award winning stage and screen actor and musician, born and based inLagos, Nigeria. He has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed films in Nigeria, including White Water and Black November, alongside Mickey Rourke. He can also be seen in Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun with Chinwetel Ejiofor,

Thandie Newton and Anika Noni-Rose, which premièred at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival 2013. His latest film, Gone Too Far!, also premièred at LFF last year. He was a member of cast of the ground-breaking BBC World Service Trust TV series Wetin Dey that was presented at the International Emmy World Television Festival.

He won the 2008 African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for the Best Upcoming Actor and the City
People›s Award for Best New Act in 2010. He won the 2013 Best Actor in a Drama Award at the
inaugural Africa Magic Viewers› Choice Awards, and was nominated in the Best Actor category at
the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Armani – Shanika Warren Markland

Shanika trained at YoungBlood Theatre Company. Her career began on Television with roles on established British shows such as Holby City and Spooks. On film Shanika made her debut as Kayla in the critically acclaimed, Adulthood directed by Noel Clarke which was quickly followed by the co-lead role of Kerrys in She has since played roles in Demons Never Die, The Skinny and Victim and can be seen later this year as a lead role in Gone Too Far!, the film adaptation of the play by Bola Agbaje.



Paris – Adelayo Adedayo
Adelayo Adedayo - Headshot2
Adelayo’s film credits include London Fields (Muse Productions), Jet Trash (Sums Film), and a leading role in Revolver Entertainment feature film Sket. Adelayo currently plays the lead role in Hat Trick’s comedy series Some Girls (BBC), she also plays a series regular in ITV drama Law & Order: UK. Other television credits include Skins (E4), MI High (BBC), The Bill (ITV) and Meet The Bandaiis (E4).



Razer – Tosin Cole
Tosin has just finished shooting The Secret by Dominic Savage. He will soon be seen in the feature films Second Coming written & directed by Debbie Tucker Green and Gone Too Far directed by Destiny Ekaragha. He has appeared in Hollyoaks, Eastenders E20 and The Cut.





Ghost – Mile McDonald
Miles started acting at Half Moon Youth Theatre in his early teens and began working professionally at 19. Screen credits includes the films It’s A Lot, In The Black and What If’ as well as commercial campaigns for Adidas. Miles continues to work with Half Moon as a tutor and also works extensively in prisons, developing drama workshops to young offenders.




Mum – Golda John

Golda’s film credits include Fantastic Fear Of Everything (Universal). Theatre includes High Life at Hampstead Theatre, The Gods Are Not To Blame (Arcola Theatre),

Mr Puntila and His Man Matti (Almeida Theater), Clear Water (Barbican Centre), Tickets and Ties (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Early Morning (Oval House).



The Ladies that realised the making of Gone To Far.

GTF_Destiny&Bola_Productionshot Director – Destiny Ekaragha
Destiny is the third of six children born to  Nigerian parents in London, where she lives.
Destiny directed her first feature film, Gone Too Far! adapted from the stageplay of the same name by Bola Agbaje for Poisson Rouge Pictures/BFI Film Fund which premiered at the 57th BFI London Film Festival in October 2013. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide later this year. Destiny was also nominated as Best British Newcomer at the Festival. The film won the Discovery Award at the LOCO Film Festival and a Screen Nation Award for Independent Spirit Film Production. It was also selected for Toronto Film Festival: Next Wave and Belfast’s Takeover Film Festival earlier this year.

Destiny’s first short film, Tight Jeans, which she wrote and directed, was funded by the Southern
Exposure branch of Film London. The film was selected for the 52nd BFI London Film Festival in
2008 and voted Best Short Film at the Festival by The Observer.

Destiny shot two more short films in 2009 with producer Tamana Bleasdale – The Park, which was
again selected for and premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and Jerningham Road.
In 2010 Destiny directed a Coming Up film for RDF/Channel 4, The Future Wags of Great Britain.
She has a number of films in development with companies including BFI and Lionsgate.

Writer – Bola Agbaje

Bola is a playwright who graduated from the young writers programme at the Royal Court in 2007.
Her first play, Gone Too Far!, was selected to be performed as part of the Young Writers Festival
and was performed at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) in February 2007. The feature film
version, for which she also wrote the screenplay, will premiere at the 57th BFI London Film Festival
in October 2013. In 2008 the play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in
an Affiliated Theatre,

The play was revived in 2008 and returned for a run in the main Downstairs
space at the Court, as well as at the Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre. Bola was also
nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright of the Year in 2008. Her newest
play, Belong, was first performed in 2012 at the Royal Court in a co-production with Tiata Fahodzi.
Bola’s writing has been presented by the Royal Court Theatre, ATC, Tiata Fahodzi, Hampstead
Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Talawa and Cardboard Citizens to name a few.

Marlon’s blog – 15th Aug 2014


Hello, Hello, Hello,
Yes it’s me Marlon Palmer CEO of Kush Promotions & the Kush Media Group of companies, how are you my friends, supporters & colleagues – I pray life is good and all is well in your lives!

It’s been a while since I last communicated directly with you – so apologies; it looks like this will also be one of the last times I personally write to you! Other new staff members will take over the task of giving you all the latest film news and the inner-goings on at Kush.  Over the years I have enjoyed communicating with you and your responses have empowered, re-energised and inspired me to continue the good fight with the industry creating a platform for black films.

Wow; right now there is so much going on in the film world for black & so called ‘urban’ films. It’s already been a bumper year so far and the last half of the year looks very exciting also for fans of black/urban films. One of our subscribers Mr. Mo Ali (hope you’re reading) has a new British film coming out entitled “Montana” starring amongst others Ashley Walters, which will be the ‘Closing Night Film’ at the BUFF Film Festival, a British Urban Film Festival which Kush is supporting and starts from the 4th September – look out for Montana on general release later this year.

I’m excited even though distributors like Sony Pictures & Universal with their releases Think Like A Man Too & Get On Up (James Brown biopic) have turned their noses up at our marketing services and long-standing influential relationship with the black film loving community – the real sad thing about that for me is the fact some of the major distributors are reluctant to spend money with little ole black led companies like ours but they sure expect the black community on mass to march to the cinema and fill their distribution company coffers at the box office.

Should we as a community always support their films without them actually putting anything back into our communities, well if we didn’t it could obviously harm the release of black films in this country as it has in recent years, but should it always be a give, give relationship with these major international corporations? Shouldn’t they and major cinema chains give something other than films back to the local community where they make their money from annually? Wouldn’t we see their films anyway with the wide access available these days; what do you think?

Many of you know me ‘a bit of a trouble-maker me’ and as many will know Kush is always in the mix somewhere and we will also be bringing to you a new British comedy black film called “GONE TOO FAR” (above) due for release 10th October 2014 and directed by rising star Destiny Ekaragha and written by Bola Agbaje. This film is really aimed at a youthful audience and deals with racial stereotypes in a comedic fashion re-imagined by our present day young people. This film is released by Verve Pictures the same distributor that supported the successful release of community smash-hit The Story Of Lovers Rock.


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When Peckham teenager Yemi meets his long-lost Nigerian brother Iku for the first time, his estranged sibling’s African heritage and unimpressive fashion sense soon start to endanger Yemi’s street cred, particularly when trying to impress local troublemaking temptress Armani.

Adolescent angst and cultural tensions erupt in this razor-sharp comedy from a team of vibrant new British talents, adapted from Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play which premièred at the Royal Court and directed by Destiny Ekaragha director of award winning short Tight Jeans.

Starring: Malachi Kirby, O.C. Ukeje, Shanika Warren-Markland, Adelayo Adedayo, Golda John, Tosin Cole, Miles McDonald, Eddie Kadi, KG Tha Comedian & Bhasker Patel.

IN CINEMAS 10th OCTOBER 2014It’s Another Kush Promotion!


Before we get into the latest film and event news I am going to personally and directly communicate with you our fantastic supporters as I have done over the last 16 years, so all new subscribers please excuse this month’s long newsletter.

After a mad (but good) last 9-months in “Black Film Heaven” I basically was forced to take some time out recently – time for self!

With all the excellent black films flooding through Hollywood and elsewhere – I have been engaged in work overload, now I am trying my best to not make it sound like I am complaining (I ain’t), was very happy actually after a number of barren years for major black films; but after 9-months of back-to-back film marketing work with my team I woke up one morning back in May this year and realised I couldn’t walk freely it was like my lower back was fused & locked into my hips – then after walking around painfully for about 20 minutes, it would just dissipate by itself and I was able to walk normally like nothing was wrong – it was like that every morning for around 6-weeks, but in reality I knew it was caused by years of muscle tension caused by working long stressful hours and a lack of exercise.

This is what happens when you ignore your body and what it is trying to tell you; well my body has been trying to tell me things for a long time now after been sat on my derrière 12-14 hours per day, 4-5 days per week for the last 16 years, trying hard to bring about new opportunities for black filmmakers.

Many of us are getting older and need to take better care of ourselves and even put ourselves first a good deal of the time which is difficult to do when you are running your own business and passionate about what you do. But there comes a time when a lack of fitness & good health walks up to you and slaps you in the face with a great wake-up-call!

Anyway after seeing a sports massage therapist and enduring some dam serious massage pain (my previous massages were lovely occasions performed by gentle female hands, LOL!) things are now much better but still an ongoing issue when I try to get on the computer and do any long periods of typing, I now even stand-up whilst working on the computer.   Repetitive Strain Injury is now a serious ailment for many office workers and this has made me realise I need to spend time sorting myself out and getting back to a level of fitness and manageable stress-free work, so I am now letting others take over the day-to-day activities while I manage things from upstairs in the executive office. (Sounds nice eh! Richard Branson, I wish, LOL!)

I thought I would relay this message with the intention of encouraging or even inspiring someone reading this message to also take action because there are most likely some of you out there that are also facing a stressful daily work environment, health issues and not looking after yourself properly.

Please my friends; TAKE TIME FOR SELF!
You and your life is most important and no business can be successful with the owner in ill health or not fit enough to stand the daily pace – if you work for someone else, then how can you also function fully and make the money you need to cover your bills if you are not able to work the way you need to or at all!

I have had this series of quotations on my wall for years and every now and again I look at it – now time to live it fully!

My YOUNG (ish) colleagues reading this – please also take heed and take care of yourselves now whilst you have your health and strength – things can change quickly!

Make Time:

Make Time To Think, It’s The Root Of Your Power.
Make Time To Read Because It Is The Foundation Of Your Wisdom.
Make Time To Play Because It Is The Secret Of Staying Young.
Make Time To Be Quite Because It Is Your Chance To Find God.
Make Time To Be Aware Because It’s Your Opportunity To Help Others.
Make Time To Laugh Because It Is The Music Of Your Soul.
Make Time To Love And Be Loved Because It’s God’s Greatest Gift.
Make Time To Dream And Vision Because That Is What The Future Is Made Up Of.
Make Time To Be Friendly Because It Is The Road To Happiness.
Make Time To Pray Because It Is The Greatest Power On Earth. 

Make Time For Health For It Is the Engine of Progress.

Life is an adventure; which is a daily time elapsing journey, and time waits for no man, so do your very best to embrace & enjoy each and every single day!

Wishing you the very best

See ya!
Marlon ‘Kush’ Palmer