Femi Oyeniran, Creative Director
Femi Oyeniran is a London-based actor/filmmaker who has starred in hit films including “Kidulthood”, “Adulthood” and “Anuvahood”. Having starred in “Demons Never Die”, Femi embarked on writing his first feature film – “It’s A Lot”, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced. It was released theatrically in 2013 and is now available on Netflix. In February 2016, “Taking Stock” which sees Femi co-starring alongside Kelly Brook, Scot Williams and Georgia Groome was released theatrically. Oyeniran also plays a supporting role in “The Intent” and the lead in Film London funded short “City Lights” both slated for 2016 releases.
On completing his law degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008, Femi decided to focus on acting and filmmaking. His directorial debut was a semi-autobiographical short film called “Fresh off the Boat”. He also produces an online chat show and podcast called Cut the Chat. He has also shot a feature length documentary about fatherhood, which features Trevor McDonald, David Lammy and Spike Lee. In 2014, he produced a 10 x 30 minute series for Sky Living called “Venus vs Mars”, which was transmitted in April 2015. He recently directed “Red Room” and co-directed feature film “The Intent”. The former is currently doing the rounds at film festivals; the latter, is slated for a summer release.
As a producer he co-runs an independent production company called PurpleGeko, which focuses on scripted content. At the present time, PurpleGeko are at the financing stage of Penny Woolcock’s next feature film The Day the Dog Died, comedy series Lodgers and Sonny & Me and a feel-good feature film Guerilla Poets. The company also has several projects in development for TV and film including a comedy scribed with BAFTA award-winner Adam Deacon.
Femi also has a keen interest in politics. He has previously appeared on The Daily Politics, The Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, Sky News and BBC News 24 to discuss youth culture in London. He was also a commissioner on the Speaker of the House of Common’s Digital Democracy commission; making recommendations on how parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom can embrace the opportunities afforded by the digital world. He recently delivered a TEDxHouseofParliament talk about youth offenders he worked with to create films called “Prison Democracy”. He also appears regularly as a newspaper reviewer on Sunrise on Sky news.
The quality of his work has been recognised by the Edinburgh International TV Festival, as he was one of 2015’s “Ones To Watch” delegates. In addition, Broadcast Magazine selected him as a “Broadcast Hot Shot”.
PurpleGeko is an award-winning independent London based production company delivering a broad range of TV, online and film content. Founded in 2012 by Victor Adebodun, our focus is on working with fresh and exciting talent to produce top-quality content. The company is now co-ran by actor/producer Femi Oyeniran, who was recently recognised as a “Broadcast Hotshot” and a “Ones to Watch”.
We pride ourselves on being one of the most diverse production houses in the UK, working to create a platform for much-maligned content creators and audiences. At the heart of our work is the desire to unearth great stories for every medium.
Our marquee show Venus v Mars started life as an online TV series generating over a million view, before finding a home on Sky Living. We are building on this success in television, through the development of comedy series “Sonny and Me” and “Lodgers”.
Our first feature film, comedy-drama, “It’s A Lot” was theatrically released in 2013. It is to be followed by the release of action thriller “The Intent” in the summer of 2016.
We are currently developing a series of drama shorts for Sky, a documentary for Channel 4 and a drama series in conjunction with Duchess Street Production by Penny Woolcock and Jake Davis about cyber hacking. Additionally, we recently received funding from Creative Skillset to develop a drama series “Curfew” with the writer of Venus vs. Mars, Baby Isako.
We envisage several areas of growth for the company.