Netflix has released the trailer for Swallow the film adaptation of Sefi Atta’s book directed by Kunle Afolayan,
Set in 1980s Lagos, Swallow sees Afolayan continue his cinematic exploration of bygone eras. The riveting drama-thriller weaves a compelling tale around drug trafficking and workplace sexual harassment and how these social issues are exacerbated by poverty.
To pen the screenplay for Swallow, Afolayan chose to work with the book’s author; Sefi Atta.
“It was a seamless process especially because it was my choice to work with the original writer of the book which is rare in most adaptations.
“Usually, people don’t work with writers. I gave her a free hand to write what she thought and then changed a couple of things and infused some other things so as to give more life to the story,” he said about their collaboration.
Swallow is the first film from Kunle Afolayan’s Netflix multi-title deal and it launches globally and exclusively to Netflix on October 1.