Femi Oyeniran talks about The Intent

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Award-winning, London-based independent film company Purple Geko, in collaboration with Nicky Slimting Films, have released their first action thriller, The Intent. The film will finally be in the cinemas this Friday and we’re super excited!

We caught up with actor/director Femi Oyeniran, who spoke about working with Krept and Konan, directing his second feature movie and explained how he feels now the film will be released during the same period of Brotherhood. Interview below:

What made you want to create a film like The Intent and how did it come about?

The film follows the story of people who are reluctant to get into street life in the same way as Paid in Full. And ultimately, In Too Deep inspired us as we have a police officer who delves too deep like Omar Epps. These 90s/ early 00s classics inspired us to create this film.

Tell us about your preparation? 

We made this film because we wanted to make a film that was completely different to our first film, which is a comedy called IT’S A LOT, which is still available on Netflix. We didn’t want to be filmmakers that repeat the same film over and over again. As young filmmakers we want to explore different genres and this time we have chosen action thriller. Perhaps next time, it will be a rom com.

How do you feel about Brotherhood being released around the same time as The Intent?

I think it’s a good thing to have two UK films coming out at the same time. This has never happened before. For us to be compare to Brotherhood is amazing. They are backed by one of the biggest distributors in the world Lionsgate; we are completely independent. We are chuffed by the comparison people are making.

Have you always wanted to get into film making? And do you prefer being in front of the camera or behind the scenes?

I have directed short films and this is my second feature film. I love both but I would say acting is easier as you have to worry about less things. You just have to turn up and be a good actor, whereas producing/directing/writing takes a lot more time and you have more responsibilities.

Are you looking forward to the release of the film?  

I have been for a long time!

What was it like working with the likes of Krept and Konan, Scorcher and a few of the other casts? How did you get them involved?

Everyone was cool but Krept n Konan were a complete joy to work with and I hope I get the opportunity to work with them again. Nicky my co-writer and co-producer has lots of contacts in music so he was able to leverage his relationship in that space to get a lot of the music acts involved.

In the film you’re portrayed as the guy who is religious, and someone who generally keeps to himself, are you like that in real life?

Most of the time – yes! I’m actually a Christian and attend church with my family most weeks.

Do you feel as though we need more films like The Intent, Kidulthood, Adulthood and etc?

We need more films from the diverse and working class British perspective yes but they don’t have to be like THE INTENT, Kidulthood or Adulthood. I want us to make a broad range of films. Like I said before, I have made two films within different genres intentionally Comedy and now an action Thriller.

Who would be your ideal person to work with within the industry?

LOADS – depends. Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio…loads of people!