Joi Productions, a Film and TV company
focused on telling Black, Queer and Female-led stories.
Blue Story (2019): Dir. Rapman, Prod. Joy Gharoro-Akpotojor
Blue Story is a tragic tale of a friendship between Timmy and Marco, two young boys from opposing postcodes. Timmy, a shy, smart, naive and timid young boy from Deptford, goes to school in Peckham where he strikes up a friendship with Marco, a charismatic, streetwise kid from the local area. Although from warring postcodes, the two quickly form a firm friendship until it is tested and they wind up on rival sides of a street war. Blue Story depicts elements of Rapman’s own personal experiences and aspects of his childhood
Writer & Director: Rapman
Producers: Damian Jones, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Companies: Paramount Pictures, BBC Films
Haircut (2019): Dir. Koby Adom, Prod. Joy Gharoro-Akpotojor
The Arrival (2018): Dir. Annetta Laufer, Prod. Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Daisy, a young Jamaican woman, finally arrives to the ‘Mother Country’ of Britain on Jamaican independence Day in 1962, to start a new life with her husband Emil, whom she has not seen for two years. However, she’s holding a secret – she’s arrived pregnant. Daisy has to make a choice on what she wants for her life.
Director: Annetta Laufer
Producer: Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Jennifer is a British-Ghanaian girl who visits Ghana for the first time and experiences her Aunty Barbara treating the domestic worker Efua very harshly.
White Colour Black (2016)
Leke a young successful photographer lives a hedonistic lifestyle in London. His latest exhibition is about to move to Shanghai where critical reception awaits. In the midst of all this euphoria; he is called to re-engage with a life he once knew back in Senegal, to bury a father from whom has long been estranged. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery, finding himself in others and in places he had since thought he had forgotten.
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, is a producer and writer who recently produced Blue Story, written and directed by Andrew “Rapman” Onwubolu for Paramount and BBC Films. In 2019, she was nominated for “Breakthrough Producer” at the BIFAs.
In 2016, she produced White Colour Black, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and nominated for the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Award. She set up Joi Productions, a Film production company focused on Queer, Black and Female-led work. She currently has work in development at BFI, BBC Films and Film4.