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HBP: S08EP23: Abraham Adeyemi & Abiola Rufai-Awojide talk about their new short No More Wings

I sit and talk to filmmaker Abraham Adeyemi and Abiola Rufai-Awojide about their new upcoming short film, No More Wings. No More Wings shares the story of two childhood friends who up and grow apart. “No More Wings” is Abe’s directorial debut and has been selected for the upcoming Aesthetica Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival.

The film is about Isaac and Jude, two boys from the same area in south London. They hang out at the same chicken shop everyday and fancy the same girls. But in adulthood their lives take different directions. Adeyemi’s live action short film won at Tribeca in the Best Narrative category, which makes it eligible for the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2021. The film has also won The Wrap’s ShortlistFilm Festival Audience Award and the Encounters Film Festival Audience Award.

No More Wings is a love letter to Adeyemi’s adolescent years growing up in Woolwich, south London. It examines the effects of gentrification on local communities in inner cities and reflects on the consequences of the choices we make.

Abraham Adeyemi is an award-winning writer and director from south London. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University of London in 2015. After graduation Adeyemi accepteda place on the Royal Court Theatre’s writing group, kick-starting his playwriting career. His works for the stage have played at a number of British theatres including the Hammersmith Lyric, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Birmingham Rep. Most recently his debut full-length play semi-autobiographical one-man show ALL THE SHIT I CAN’T SAY TO MY DAD played a sold-out run at the Bunker Theatre in London. Adeyemi also runs a production company, Creative Blue Balls, which platforms the work of up and coming writers in a regular showcase for stage and screen.

No More Wings Abiola Rufai-Awojide joined the BFI Network as a Coordinator, where she currently works to find and nurture emerging filmmaking talent. Prior to this, she worked in commissioning as Off-Screen Talent Coordinator for Channel 4 UK. Abiola and Abraham have a long-standing relationship, having produced his play ALL THE SHIT I CAN’T SAY TO MY DAD and all Creative Blue Balls productions and showcases. She also produced short film Closure, written byAbraham directed by Koby Adom. Which screened at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (a BAFTA Cymru-qualifying festival).

In 2019 Adeyemi won Script House, a global screenwriting competition from Soho House. He used the $25,000 prize money, to make No More Wings.

Following the success of No More Wings, Adeyemi has been commissioned to write an original drama for ITV studios, and has further projects in development for television and film.

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