Another year another cycle of films to keep the industry vibrant. And how we have come to cheer for them. Will this be the year Nollywood finally scores an Oscar contender? And could any of these films be the chosen one? We shall keep our fingers crossed.
1. Gone Too Far
Produced by Passion Rouge pictures, this British Film Institute co-funded comedy parades a diverse, intercontinental cast led by O.C. Ukeje. Directed by Destiny Ekaragha, Gone Too Far with its plot of a country bumpkin visiting the United Kingdom for the first time, is a situational laugh fest that takes the concept of the fish out of water and runs with it.
This much delayed fictional historical drama has been in the works for a couple of years now. Director Izu Ojukwu has described it as his first proper film, declaring that every other thing he has done previously was to lead him to this film. A high powered cast that includes Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme and Ibinabo Fiberesima has been hired to breathe life into the film and the snippets look good. Hoping it drops this year.
3. Dazzling Mirage
Ace cinematographer, director and culture preservationist, Tunde Kelani adapted Olayinka Egbokhare’s novella of the same title and cast fast rising Lala Akindoju as a young girl living with sickle cell anemia. Premiered in November 2014, the film seeks not only to entertain, but to educate a wider audience on the clinical and social consequences of the disease on the lives and families of its victims.
4. Heaven’s Hell
Big Brother Nigeria winner Katung Aduwak helms this psychological thriller about marriage, family, betrayal and the ties that bind. Based on a true story, Heaven’s Hell boasts big names like Nse Ikpe-Etim, Bimbo Akintola, Damilola Adegbite and Fabian Lojede. Femi Kuti and rapper Jesse Jagz contribute to the soundtrack. Heaven’s Hell is set for a January 23 release date.
Story: Wilfred Okiche
Read the full article in the December 2014/January 2015 edition of Nolly Silver Screen (Issue 11) here or click on the download button to download the magazine.