The New Thirty
About the film
Confident, calm and ever youthful, June is quite happy being single until a past love returns to haunt her. Suddenly nostalgic for what once was, and hankering for what could still be, she sets off to explore the possibilities of love in the modern age.
Martha has her overbearing Nigerian mother to contend with, and as her peers accomplish that ultimate milestone of female adulthood, marriage, she is determined not to be left behind.
Avril is in a long term relationship with a married man and Zoe, recently separated from her four-timing husband, is hell bent on making up for lost time.
Succumbing to pressure from friends, family and subliminal biological clocks, the amusing misadventures of these four women reveal as much about the love that they have for themselves as the elusive lovers that they seek.
From the director
There is humour in the farce of looking for the right man. You have to be single-minded not to fall prey to family and society pressures. The film is colourful and vibrant, moving between the formal corporate world that June inhabits; their private lives which reflect Nigerian and British influences, and the full home-grown Nigerian angle that invades their comfort zones.
These differing worlds will be reflected visually in a cohesive production and costume design colour palette. Music will be key, with a 'Diaspora' soundtrack mixing successful international Nigerian artists such as Asha, P-Square and 2-Face, with established UK and USA musicians.
The cinematography will be a combination of handheld, track and dolly, showcasing the changing seasons and character journeys with different lighting techniques and filters. Cast will be a mixture of British and Nigerian actors, again adding to the authenticity of this universal story.
Meet the team
Director Remi Vaughn-Richards
A vibrant and versatile director working in commercials, documentary and drama, Remi's career began in the art department on films such as Judge Dredd, and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. She then went on to work as a respected story board artist, visualising the action, camera and mood for her clients such as the BBC and 51st State starring Samuel L Jackson.
She directed the award-winning drama One Small Step which featured in the New York African Film Festival and toured the US; Scents of the Streets, a documentary on Area Girls for Communicating for Change/BBC which featured at Afrikamera, Berlin; as well as the groundbreaking 52-part television drama Wetindey for BBC World Service Trust, Nigeria.
Current projects include a Ford Foundation film on child-brides, and the documentary Faajiagba, about a collective of 70-85-year-old master musicians.
Remi studied MA Design at the Royal College of Art, London, where she was awarded a distinction for her innovative designs; and a Post Graduate Diploma in Film and Television at Kingston University, London. Remi's mission is to create a slate of cutting edge feature films and documentaries that focus a sharp lens on to contemporary Africa and the Diaspora.
Writer Wendy E Okoi-Obuli
Wendy's feature scripts include Passed Caring, which won the Screenplay Competition at the 2006 Independent Black Film Festival, Atlanta. For New York-based MoBetta Films, Wendy wrote The Beauty Inside, a short film which aired on the PBS/WMHT channel, TVFilm, in 2011. Also for MoBetta, she co-wrote Bottle Service, a webseries.
Her short script, Once Upon Ever After, was shortedlisted for various competitions, including the 2006 An Abbreviated Screenplay Competition, and the 2002 Jerwood Short Script Competition – Wendy is currently developing the story into a feature script.
Wendy also occasionally writes and reviews for Shadow and Act on the IndieWire blog network and has been an official press delegate at BFI London Film Festival, Sundance London, and Cannes. Born in London to Nigerian parents, Wendy works and resides here. She has a bachelor'sdegree in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Producer Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo
Yvonne started her media career as an editor in the publishing industry. During this time, she published the illustrated history book Exploration into Africa and Isimeme's Stories, a collection of African folk tales. She then moved into television, working on Black Ink – a documentary that she originated, exploring the history of black press in Britain; and The Desired Number, a UN-funded project looking at sex education issues, shot in Nigeria.
As a BBC employee, Yvonne worked on two in-house drama productions: Flight set in an Asian woman's refuge; and the feature film Peggy Sue.
Yvonne currently works as a freelance producer and line producer. Her co-producing credits include Shoot the Messenger starring David Oyelowo as a teacher persecuted by the black community; and Free Fall, a drama set around the 2008 credit crunch starring Riz Ahmed, Dominic Cooper and Rosamund Pike.
Her line producing credits include Love is the Devil, a biopic on Francis Bacon starring Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig; Harmony Korine's fantastical Mr Lonely, filmed in Panama and Scotland; Top Boy, Channel Four's successful drama series starring Ashley Walters and Kano; and Half of a Yellow SunI, based on the Orange Prize winning novel.
Yvonne is interested in developing films that transcend boundaries and appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Watch Remi's showreel.