JIMMY AKINGBOLA HANDLE WITH CARE
In this deeply personal film, acclaimed actor and presenter Jimmy Akingbola tells his own story and in doing so, reveals the truth of growing up in the care system in England.
At two years old Jimmy was uprooted from his Nigerian family and fostered by a white British family, who raised him alongside their birth children as if he were their own. Now living in the bright lights of Hollywood with a glittering career, Bel-Air star Jimmy returns home to Britain to reflect on how his upbringing shaped him.
Jimmy speaks to his own foster family and biological siblings about their feelings and meets fellow actor Lenny James and retired Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi, who both share their own personal stories of foster and adopted care and children’s homes, good and bad.
While exploring themes of identity, abandonment, the importance of role models and cultural connection, this thoughtful, engaging and emotional film, directed by Andy Mundy-Castle, considers whether a loving family, no matter their ethnicity, is always more important than racial or cultural differences.
Presenter Jimmy Akingbola
Director: Andy Mundy-Castle
Executive Producers: Fraser Ayres and Minnie Ayres
Producer: Rochelle Newman
DOP: Ian Watts
Editor: Zeb Achonu
Triforce Productions 60 mins ITV
Reviews: Jimmy Akingbola: Handle With Care, over 20 Pick of the Day Reviews
“A story with love at its centre, beautifully told, although at times it was tough to watch”
“Jimmy Akingbola: Handle with Care was a story with love at its centre, beautifully told, although at times it was tough to watch. It was a thoughtful film, and one which should make us look with compassion at the half a million children currently in the care system.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph POTD
“Driven by Akingbola’s personal story, it was the specificity of Handle with Care that made it feel relevant even to people who hadn’t gone through care. Enriching one narrative with multiple perspectives and fuelling it with tough conversations, the power of this film was in its courage to ask tough questions without professing to have all the answers.”
Emily Watkins, The i
“What comes across above all is simultaneously the lifelong impact of abandonment and a loving foster family on a child. It’s the scenes involving Akingbola’s foster mum, Gloria (who really is glorious), that are the most powerful.”
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