Romantic comedy film “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” to be premiered in London

Mum, Dad, Meet SamAn independent quirky romantic comedy film “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” will be premiered on 6th December 2014 at The Genesis Cinema, East London.

The film is set and filmed in London and Lagos, Nigeria and shot in a 60’s studio style.

It stars Joseph Benjamin (Torn, Tango With Me, Mr and Mrs) Afolabi Dasaolu aka A Dot Comedian (Adots Apprentice, Friday UK) and rising star Daniella Down.

“Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” follows the relationship between Josiah (Benjamin), an Oxford graduate from a wealthy Nigerian family, and Sam (Down), an English girl who is stunning and intelligent, but not the typical girl Josiah’s parents have in mind as the nice wife he should be settling down with.

Despite warnings from her best friend about the challenges she would face with her new boyfriend’s family, not to mention the culture shock, Sam accepts Josiah’s invitation to meet the family in Nigeria.

She fails epically when attempting to impress the parents, and what was supposed to be a special occasion turns out to be Sam and Josiah’s worst nightmare.

Joseph Benjamin and Daniella Down

Throw in a cocktail of devious ex-girlfriend, an overprotective mother and the fact that Sam is… different, and you have a recipe for an explosive encounter ripe with awkwardness and hilarity.

“Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” is a story that people from various backgrounds and cultures will relate to with some moments that will tug on the heartstrings and laugh out loud moments throughout.
“Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” was written and produced by Segilola Ogidan and Edith Nwekenta who also stars in the film, and directed by Tony Sebastian Ukpo (Random 11, Paris 60).

The world premiere of “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” will be part of the first British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) Africa Season, a series of events, film and documentary that will celebrate African culture this winter, sponsored by The Africa Channel.

Ms Ogidan said: “We are extremely excited to be premiering our film during Africa Season. It has been a lengthy and challenging process but we are finally ready to share it with the world.”

She added: “Whilst “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” is predominately a comedy that we hope viewers find fun and enjoyable, there is of course an underlying message about intercultural relationships and acceptance, which is why we are honoured to be premiering our film as part of a festival that has been inspired by Nelson Mandela.”
BUFF Africa Season will kick off on 5th December with the documentary “Music for Mandela” featuring interviews about the influential role music played in the battle against apartheid in South Africa with artists including BB King, Sean Paul, Katherine Jenkins and Bambatha Mandela.

“BUFF is delighted to bring “Mum, Dad, meet Sam” to the big screen. The film is packed with talent both on-screen and off screen and with the likes of Segilola Scott and Edith Nwekenta now coming to prominence the future continues to shine brightly in the UK for black female filmmakers of African descent,” said British Urban Film Festival Director Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe.
The premiere Red Carpet Step and Repeat will begin at 5pm and the screening will take place at 7pm at The Genesis Cinema in East London on 6th December. It will be an exclusive opportunity to watch the film ahead of its general release.

“Mum, Dad, Meet Sam” is being released in association with Ignite Film Fans, a network that brings films to their fan base from early stages of productions.

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