Mister Johnson

I’ve been meaning to read Joyce Cary’s book since the mid-1970s, when I was briefly an Africanist. At last I’ve seen Bruce Beresford’s 1990 film. Leaving the story (or subtext, if you insist) aside, it was wonderful to see an evocation of Nigeria in 1923, a moment perhaps slightly later than the temporal setting of Chinua Achebe’s 1964 novel, Arrow of God. (By the way, why is there no film of any of Achebe‘s novels?)

In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity -- an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives or the British.

Mister Johnson (Bruce Beresford, 1990)

Garry Gillard | New: 14 March, 2017 | Now: 14 March, 2017