“An elliptical look at hard changes in a young man’s life” (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter), THE LAST TREE is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage, who after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, England moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. He must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young Black man in London during the early 2000s. Going back home to Nigeria with his mum to find his Nigerian roots helps adolescent Femi find grounding and hope for a better future.
Filmmaker Shola Amoo’s second feature length film, THE LAST TREE premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and scooped two wins for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.
“Amoo presents a far more sensitive representation of the Black British experience than is often seen on screen, challenging his audience to confront their own prejudices along the way.” -Nikki Baughan, The List
“Powerful performances, tactile visuals and an elegantly fluid score add to the impact of this impressively understated yet profoundly moving tale.” -Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)
“Newcomer Sam Adewunmi captures Femi’s anger but also his loneliness - a desperate longing to forge his own path, but also to fit in with his family and friends.” -Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies