The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind + Q&A with director Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s moving tale of 13-year-old William, forced to leave the school he adores when his family struggles to make the payments.
Dir Chiwetel Ejiofor
With Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Aïssa Maïga
Courtesy of Netflix
In 2001, in the village of Wimbe, 13-year-old William (Simba) is forced to leave the school he adores when his family struggles to make the payments. With his parents Trywell (Ejiofor) and Agnes (Maïga) struggling to make ends meet, William becomes determined to help them and build a windmill using a book from the library. Adapted by, starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film is fresh from acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. In his directorial debut, Ejiofor deftly walks the fine line between childlike charm and emotional poignancy.
Tickets £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions Fri 1 Feb 11:30, to BFI Members Fri 1 Feb 12:30 and to the public from Sat 2 Feb 11:30.