Together Films has acquired Doc Hearts and TigerLily Productions, WHITE NANNY, BLACK CHILD for international sales, following its incredible TV debut on Channel 5 during Black History Month.
Commissioned by Channel 5 (UK) and co-financed by BFI Doc Society Fund, the film explores the story of over 70,000 West African children who were fostered unofficially by white British families between 1955 and 1995.
Following a group of nine adults who share their experiences of being fostered at a therapeutic retreat, WHITE NANNY, BLACK CHILD presents a personal, moving and sometimes unsettling meditation on identity, belonging and the nature of family.
The film is directed by BAFTA nominee Andy Mundy-Castle (David is Dying, The Fade, Jimmy Akingbola: Handle with Care) and produced by the award-winning Natasha Dack Ojumu (Kanaval: A People’s History of Haiti in Six Chapters, Blue Bag Life, The Lovers and the Despot). It had its world premiere at Sheffield International Documentary Festival in June, followed by a limited theatrical release in the UK and received a BIFA nomination for Best Feature Documentary last week.
The film debuted on Channel 5 (UK) earlier this month where it received fantastic reviews and hit national headlines, with director Andy appearing on Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio and Five News.
“We are so proud to be representing WHITE NANNY, BLACK CHILD for international sales, a deeply profound and impactful film that will stay with you long after you watch it. The film’s impact has already begun from its many sold out screenings (and standing ovations) and will continue to grow and further captivate global audiences. As leaders in the social impact entertainment space, the film fits our slate perfectly, and aligns with our mission of achieving commercial success, whilst activating vital conversations and engaging passionate audiences.” – Jess Reilly, Sales & Acquisitions Manager (Unscripted)
Director Andy Mundy-Castle adds: “We had several conversations with distributors interested in the film, but it was clear that the best home would be Together Films, their focus and care on independent films with purpose and impact made this decision an easy one. The film has been a passion project which tells a very unique slice of British history and explores how its tentacles around the world led to complex outcomes when dealing with race and identity, we are excited for this to be seen by audiences all over the world.”
Producer Natasha Dack Omuju says: “It was an absolute privilege to bring this important part of British history to the screen and to be entrusted with our contributors’ personal stories. With its themes of identity, family and belonging, we know WHITE NANNY, BLACK CHILD will resonate with audiences globally and we’re looking forward to working with Together Films on its international roll out.”
Together Films will be presenting the film to buyers at DOC NYC and IDFA.