Genna Chanelle Hayes’ debut feature film Akoni has completed production in Sydney this week, and the first teaser has been released.
Akoni boasts an all-star Australian and English cast including Mark Coles Smith, Kit Esuruoso, John Brumpton, Genna Chanelle Hayes, Simon Elrahi, Jack Ellis, Marlikka Perdrisat, Rashidi Edward, Christopher Stollery and Pippa Grandison.
Akoni is written, directed and produced by Genna Chanelle Hayes, who is known for her poetic filmmaking that deals heavily with global human rights issues.
Akoni focuses on the refugee crises, and follows the journey of a Nigerian refugee when he is forced to flee his country and integrate into Australian society.
Hayes said she was incredible grateful that such a talented cast and crew had come on board to tell this story.
“These issues that we are addressing – they are everything right now in this country and around the world. The refugee crisis… people deserve to have a safe place to live. It’s their human right. Things need to change. Now.”
Akoni is financed through private investment out of the UK, and is set to complete production in Africa in the final quarter of 2017.
Check out the teaser trailer below and let us know what you think.