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Tainted Canvas

Morayo, a London Artist is in the midst of creating the most beautiful masterpiece of her career. This work, that will propel her to the next level as an Artist fails to materialise. Desperate to clear her Artist block, she takes a walk in beautiful, scenic London, albeit wet and moody.
On her walk, she encounters a mother and daughter. Something about their closeness and the mother’s affection for her daughter triggers a deep rooted feeling in her that subsequently inspires her work of Art.
Back at her studio, she begins to paint. It’s beautiful. Lyrical. Magical. And then, it changes. She’s hit with a memory, one that distorts the painting. As time goes on, we discover that Rayo is fighting some horrible demons, and had been for a while. But she’s failing. Terribly. This hold further torments her when she receives a life changing call from Nigeria regarding her mother, Rose. This could be her saving grace.
The journey back to Nigeria, the place that shaped her womanhood, the place where her demons were created. One of those demons, we soon learn is her mother, Rose.
This journey is emotional, tumultuous and insightful for Rayo.
We go back with her to the colourful, vibrant and exciting Nigeria in the 70s where we discover the reasons behind Rose’s damaged mental state.
Rayo soon comes face to face with Rose. She must fight, if she wants to be free. This isn’t a physical fight. But one of the psyche, one of emotions, to find peace. It’s a soul fight. Will she win or will she lose?

  • Segilola Ogidan
    'Love Prevails' (Short)
  • Segilola Ogidan
    'Mum, Dad, Meet Sam' (Feature), 'Love Prevails' (Short)
  • Orwi Manny Ameh
  • Onuora Anthony Abuah
    'Mona', 'Woolwich Boys', 'Woodfalls'
  • Bolaji Kekere-Ekun
    'Call Me By My Name', 'Nkiru'
  • Segilola Ogidan
    Key Cast
    Mum, Dad, Meet Sam
  • Tina Mba
    Key Cast
    "Aunty Bisi"
    An African Prince
  • Kehinde Bankole
    Key Cast
  • Jemima
    Key Cast
    "Young Rayo"
  • Efa Iwara
    Key Cast
    "Dr Fola"
    The Men's Club
  • Marlene Abuah
    Key Cast
  • Bolaji Kekere-Ekun
    Associate Director
    'Call Me By My Name', 'Nkiru'
  • Akpe Ododuro
    'Taxi Driver'
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    120,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Nigeria, United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa Mini
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  • Sedona International Film Festival
    United States
    February 25, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • New York Cinematography Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 17, 2020
    Award Show
    Best Cinematography
  • Cinema New York Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    April 18, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection/Best Drama Feature
  • Liftoff Film Fest
    United Kingdom
    May 18, 2020
  • International Gullah Film Fest
    Georgetown County
    United States
    April 12, 2020
Distribution Information
  • Trace Distribution
    Sales Agent
    Country: France
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Airline, Free TV, Paid TV
  • Alta Global Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Segilola Ogidan

Segilola Ogidan is a Nigerian British filmmaker who made her directing debut with short film Love Prevails in 2013, a film that ended with a standing ovation at AFRIFF (Africa International Film Festival) and BUFF (The British Urban Film Festival).

She is a prolific writer who has won awards for her screenplays in Monaco, at the Angel Film Festival Award and had her work shortlisted at the LA screenplay competition in 2013.

She is also an experienced producer, having produced 3 feature films since the inception of her production company OKP Productions. Mum, Dad, Meet Sam, a homage to 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' about a Nigerian guy falling in love with an English Girl and then deciding to bring her home to Nigeria to meet his family. The other is 'Mona', a film directed by Onuora Abuah, about the attempted assassination of the Portuguese President during a state visit in 1973, and lately, Tainted canvas. She has since included Documentaries about African History and Religion under her belt.

Her latest offering is Tainted Canvas which is her feature film Directorial Debut. A film that explores the unresolved issues Rayo, a first generation British girl has to face up to from her childhood in Nigeria.

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Director Statement

Tainted Canvas has been a long time coming. It was birthed from a healing piece I wrote for myself in 2009 to rid myself of my past. Like myself, the story has come a long way and has gone through many changes. I am excited to exhibit this piece and to finally be in the position to share a part of my core with the world. ~ Segilola Ogidan