Saturday, 27 February 2010
I have always been a fan of Pietor Hugo's photography. He is a white South African man who has travelled all over Africa, creating his own story of tragic and haunting images with his camera. He travelled to Rwanda in 2004, a decade after the genocide and his photos offer a forensic view of some of the sites of mass execution. Ten years later, he was still able to capture the blood, pain and suffering as if it were only yesterday. When i heard he was doing a piece on NOLLYWOOD. I was surprised, excited, intrigued, apprehensive... the works! He stated he has always been intrigued by the Nollywood industry, in particular, the spiritual & mythological aspects. He asked a team of 'actors' and assistants to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets, Hugo initiated the creation of a verisimilar reality.
His vision of the film industry’s interpretation of the world results in a gallery of hallucinatory and unsettling images.
When asked about what the images represented, he said; "The tableaux of the series depict situations clearly surreal but that could be real on a set; furthermore, they are rooted in the local symbolic imaginary. The boundaries between documentary and fiction become very fluid, and we are left wondering whether our perceptions of the real world are indeed real".
Please note that some of the images are indeed disturbing but they nonetheless capture the mythical aspect that surrounded Nollywood. I say the word 'surrounded' because i feel we have moved away from all the ritualistic type movies, the Nneka the pretty serpents, the Karashika's etc etc. I still think the images are genius. Disturbing but genius.
Friday, 26 February 2010
The movie is centered around an uptight single mother (Genevive Nnaji) and her free spirited, out-of-control daughter (Chelsea Eze). Their relationship is threatened by Ella's defiant behavior and so she is sent away to her father abroad. The movie heats up when cutie, Majid Michel gets employed as Genevive's driver. Ok, that's it, i won't spoil it for you- even if y'all know what will obviously go down :-)
Produced by Emem Isong & Desmond Elliot.
This is a movie about relationships, infidelity, betrayal, love and deceit. I love a good romantic drama and i was more than pleasantly surprised when i came across this. Liz played by Nse-Ikpi Etim feels neglected by her husband (Ramsey Noah) who is always away on 'business trips' For me, Nse Ikpi Etim stole the movie. She is an under rated actress, not given as much kudos as she deserves (in my opinon)- her portrayal of a determined wife, willing to go to any extent to preserve her marriage is applause worthy.I was never to keen on Majid Michael prior to this movie. But now i'm a fan... His convincing portrayal as 'Bobby', Ramsey Noah's eccentric younger brother is to perfection. Rob Loner (Omoni's husband) put me in stitches- he's honestly like a Nigerian Dave Chapelle.
1: Banter between thing in this movie is the banter between Omoni and Mercy Johnson and their constant 'oh darling, thanks darling, bye darling'. ★★★★★