Indie Trailer Sunday: Chiwetel Ejiofor in TIFF's 'Half of a Yellow Sun'

August 4, 2013
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Half of a Yellow Sun

"I feel as if I have been dropped into something I don't entirely understand." One of the many dramatic films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival (aka TIFF) this September is Half of a Yellow Sun, from playwright-turned-filmmaker Biyi Bandele, a drama that brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s. Chiwetel Ejiofor (who also stars in 12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton play two lovers that are part of a wealthy family dealing with the turbulence of war. Co-stars Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle & John Boyega (from Attack the Block). Enjoy.

Here's the first TIFF promo trailer for Biyi Bandele's Half of a Yellow Sun, found via Awards Daily:

Acclaimed actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (seen in this year's 12 Years A Slave as well as Children of Men, Serenity, Redbelt, 2012, Salt) and Thandie Newton (seen in W., Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness, RocknRolla, For Colored Girls) star in this epic chronicle of family ties and war from celebrated Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele. Half of a Yellow Sun is both written & directed by Biyi Bandele, a Nigerian novelist and playwright making his feature directing debut. He's adapting a novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The film is premiering at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, where it's seeking distribution. Visit

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I'd like to think I'm a person who doesn't get easily emotional while watching movies but by the end of this year, Chiwetel Ejiofor would have sucked my eyeballs dry! Seriously not cool man!

Ron on Aug 4, 2013


waouww great !!

tony on Aug 4, 2013


Looks heavy and brutal. I like the mix of political idealism in the man's wish for a revolution and the reality of what a revolution really is, a bunch of dudes with guns and machetes killing folk. Will defo watch.

Carpola on Aug 4, 2013


Thank you for showing m the whole movie in th trailer you just saved me 10,-

Joppe on Aug 5, 2013


that's why I love indie movie ! Hollywood can't do movies anymore

marya on Aug 5, 2013

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