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This young British-Nigerian filmmaker is on the rise

PICTURED: Young filmmaker William Boyd

A YOUNG British-Nigerian filmmaker's work has been impressed international critics and could

William Boy's short film The Trespasser, which has not yet been officially released, has already won critical acclaim.

The 23-year-old has won an award at America’s National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and the Screentest Award at the UK’s National Student Film Festival.

Set in a British city, The Trespasser, follows the story of a young man dealing with the passing of his grandmother. Throughout the film African folktale interwoven.

Boyd said: “I am a Catholic and my faith does play a large part in my film, it’s one of the reasons I used the rosary as a symbol depicting the strong bond between a grandmother and her grandson.

“That kind of bond is a powerful thing, like my relationship with religion.”

At school Boyd was all set to become an architect before he fell in love with film and realised he wanted to do it for a living.

He said: “Even though I’d planned my future, I was also investigating ways to do what I really love and make a living - I really love film. And, after visiting MetFilm School for the first time, I understood that if you’re good enough, and have a little luck, you can thrive.”

Born in the UK and raised in Nigeria, Boyd came back to Britain when he was 16 years old to complete his education at Bede’s school in Sussex.

Reflecting on his arrival back into the UK, William said: “When I came back to London to stay, I experienced a massive culture shock. I have never considered myself a minority and my upbringing prepared me to disregard the term, and helped me to overcome barriers.

“My family is very proud and confident, which has taught me that I know who I am, where I come from and what I can do.”

The Trespasser was recently screened at the British Film Industry’s Soul Screen: Connect event and the film is entered into the 2019 London Short Film Festival. It's an important for Boyd as it could his film entered into the BAFTA awards and then in with a shot of being recognised by the eminent industry body.

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