My Friend Lanre

An intensely intimate documentary about the extraordinary life and death of one of Britain’s most controversial photographers, Lanre Fehintola.

Lanre took the idea of immersive photography to another level, applying the method approach to his journalistic research.

From homelessness to heroin addiction, even drug dealing, Lanre completely embodied his subject, becoming a character in his own story, often to his detriment.

Together with his close friend, filmmaker Leo Regan, the pair have documented Lanre’s remarkable journey over thirty years.

My Friend Lanre follows Lanre as he faces his ultimate adventure, his own terminal illness. Unsurprisingly, he embraces the challenge with characteristic fearlessness, candour and humour.

The documentary is deeply moving, funny and heart-breaking. A celebration of living and dying. A hymn to the soul.

  • LEO REGAN
    Director
    Don't Get High On Your Own Supply, Cold Turkey
  • MARY CARSON
    Producer
    Barbaric Genius
  • Lanre Fehintola
    Key Cast
  • Chloë Lambourne
    Editor
    For Sama, Lyra, Nazanin
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 21, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    284,206 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Sony S7
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • SHEFFIELD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
    SHEFFIELD
    United Kingdom
    May 17, 2023
    WORLD
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
Director Biography - LEO REGAN

Leo Regan is an Irish filmmaker and author. Initially working as a photojournalist, Regan began his career with the book Public Enemies (1993). He later became involved in documentary filmmaking, and in 2001 won a BAFTA for his documentary 100% White.

He began his career as a photo journalist with the book Public Enemies, which explores the lives of British far right skinheads in the 1990s.

In 2001, Regan won the BAFTA Flaherty Documentary Award at the 54th British Academy Film Awards for his documentary 100% White. A 2002 review in Modern Times credited Regan's "single crew films" as going "back to observational basics – a good lesson in the current British climate of gimmicky constructed documentaries"

In 2005, he received an award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain for his first TV drama Comfortably Numb.

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