Friday, October 9, 2009

Ghanaian films - A Sting in a tale, I sing of a well, Heart of men

My current favorite movie house, Sparrow Productions, is back with another movie called 'A Sting in a Tale'. A few other new Ghanaian movies are making the rounds. Haven't seen any of these films but wanted to keep y'all posted. We still haven't settled on a name for the Ghanaian film industry, don't give me any Gollywood (already taken by Johannesburg anyway), or Ghallywood, etc.

A Sting in a Tale is Shirley Frimpong-Manso's fourth film after Life & Living It, Scorned & the Perfect Picture. I have been crying for her to feature Agya Koo in a movie but this time she chose Majid Michel. Most Ghanaian movie enthusiasts would tell you Majid's a better actor than the big celebrities like Van Vicker, Nadia Buari and Jackie Appiah. I agree. We'll see how he does in this production. The movie also features probably the best female actor in Ghana now - Lydia Forson, arguably Ghana's best in Adjetey Annan (Pusher), as well as Doris Sackitey, who we haven't seen on the big screen in a while. There are a few new faces, which is always good for the 'industry'. The Grand Premiere is on Friday, Nov 6 @ The Conference Center, Accra, Ghana. Watch the Trailer below

Synopsis - A twisted tale of two unemployed graduates who embark on a journey to make it in a world where you need more than what you have to get what you want. Kuuku is overwhelmed with the urgency to succeed and frantically searches for a reward to his several years of school. Frustrated and constantly reminded of his failure by the presence of his girlfriend, (Frema) ; Kuuku will do anything to make the odds work in his favor. Nii Aryee, Kuukus abstemious looking friend is more positive about the future until the rejection letters begin to mount and his landlord comes to town. Driven by the fear of poverty, these two friends go in search of a destiny that takes them to the most obscure places. In a tale where the unexpected is always lurking in the shadows, from the natural to the supernatural, among all ploys, grief and struggles, nothing prepares you for the sting, in a rather bizarre ending.

Majid Michel recently stated that his best movie ever was "Heart of men". This movie has become a real talking point because of its trailer. The trailer is said to be advertising a soft porn Ghanaian movie. Yeah, I just went there. It features Majid, Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buari, Yvonne Nelson, John Dumelo - serious star power. I am not expecting much from the movie, though we've been advised not to judge the movie based on the trailer. And if what Majid said is anything to go by, it probably is a must-watch movie. This movie is from Heroes Productions.
Trailer below

Last but not the least, is my friend Leila Djansi's work, I sing of a Well. Now this movie looks quite promising and is a little different from what we've seen lately. It's about slavery though, a touchy topic. The movie welcomes back Akofa Edjeani Asiedu, who doubles as the producer. The cast includes JOT Agyeman, Godwin Kotey, Mary Yirenkyi, Kofi Middleton Mends and Luckie Lawson as Oleka. The movie is tipped to be Ghana's best ever and was shot on a $100,000 budget. It's on IMDB. Watch the trailer here

That's all folks. More on African movies coming soon. Watching a few that I would blog about later
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