Femi Oyeniran is a London-based actor/filmmaker who has starred in hit films including Kidulthood, Adulthood and Anuvahood. Having starred in Demons Never Die, Femi embarked on writing his first feature film – It’s A Lot, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced. It’s A Lot is a feel good teen comedy inspired by Femi’s love of 1980’s classics such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Risky Business and House Party. It was released theatrically in 2013 and is now available on Netflix. 2016 will see Femi in Taking Stock by award winning director Meave Murphy, starring Kelly Brook, Scot Williams and Georgia Groome. Oyeniran is also plays a supporting role in THE INTENT and the lead in Film London funded short City Lights.
On completing his law degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008, Femi decided to focus on acting and filmmaking. His directorial debut was a semi-autobiographical short film called Fresh off the Boat. He also produces an online chat show and podcast called Cut the Chat. He has also shot a feature length documentary about fatherhood, which features Trevor McDonald, David Lammy and Spike Lee. In 2014, he produced a 10 x 30 minute series for Sky Living called Venus vs Mars, which was transmitted in April 2015. He is recently completed a short film called Red Room and feature film The Intent. The former is currently doing the rounds at film festivals; the latter, is close to a major UK distribution deal.
As a producer he co-runs an independent production company called Purple Geko, which focuses on scripted comedy and drama content. At the present time, Purple Geko are at the financing stage of Penny Woolcock’s next feature film The Day the Dog Died, comedy series Lodgers and Sonny & Me and a feel-good feature film Guerilla Poets. The company also has several projects in development for TV and film including a comedy scribed with BAFTA award-winner Adam Deacon.
Femi also has a keen interest in politics. He has previously appeared on The Daily Politics, The Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, Sky News and BBC News 24 to discuss youth culture in London. He was also a commissioner on the Speaker of the House of Common’s Digital Democracy commission; making recommendations on how parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom can embrace the opportunities afforded by the digital world. He recently delivered a TEDxHouseofParliament talk about youth offenders he worked with to create films called “Prison Democracy”. He also appears regularly as a newspaper reviewer on Sunrise on Sky news.
The quality of his work has been recognised by the Edinburgh International TV Festival, as he was one of 2015’s “Ones To Watch” delegates. In addition, Broadcast Magazine selected him as a “Broadcast Hot Shot”.