Toronto film fest

Friday 11 June 2021

Battle Within, a movie by former Bedford College and University of Bedfordshire student Matthew Jolaosho has been selected as an entry for the “Nollywood" section of the Toronto Film Festival.

Filmed in his home country of Nigeria pre-Covid, Battle Within has since been going through marketing stages and acquisition by television and online buyers. Matthew has now seen it attract the attention of the Toronto Film Festival (TiFF) and Lift-off global network sessions 2020.

The film is about domestic violence and men’s mental health, a subject that is related to Matthew who currently works within the mental health sector.

Matthew who is Nigerian and British, has great hopes for the overseas market via Nollywood, as the Nigerian film industry is informally called. He directed the film, it was produced by Imoh Umoren, and the cast included: Nollywood Veteran actor JIDE KOSOKO, JOSEPH MOMODU, BABASEUN FASERU and VALERIE DISH 

Matthew joined Bedford College’s much admired South Bank Arts Centre, not least because he “Loves Bedford” and was a regular visitor to the town before signing on for a Foundation Course. 

He then topped his studies up to a degree - a progression route which so valuable for FE students who want to achieved HE qualifications. 

“Bedford College is good environment and a lovely location,” said Matthew.

He also produces music videos. The “Afropop” genre has massive potential. 

Find out more about Matthew’s work on his website  He lives with his family in Milton Keynes.

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