Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lions of 76 - Highly Anticipated Upcoming Movie by Izu Ojukwu


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Lions of 76 is an upcoming movie produced and directed by Izu Ojukwu
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Izu Ojukwu is one of the most able and dedicated film directors presently working in Nigeria. In 2007, he won the AMAA award for Best Director, for his movie Sitanda. He has handled the Amstel Malta Box Office movies, some of which are White Waters,Cindy’s Note, The Child, and Alero’s Symphony. Some of his other movies are La Viva, Across The Niger, and Distance BetweenNneda, White Waters, The Child, Sitanda, etc).
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if you have not seen any of Izu movies search and you may find it. His directed movies are not your average overnight made movies bombarding the Nollywood movie market, so sometimes his kind of movies are hard to come by. His movies are classics you want to keep on your video library and not lend to anyone (like i will say "Buy your own).
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Lions of 76 is about the 1976 coup and assassination of one time Nigerian military ruler General Murtala Mohammed era. This cinematic historical account got the full backing of the Nigerian Military as the script went through a seven month long approval period before filming started.  The movie stars Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Daniel K Daniel, Ibinabo Fiberesima etc . I like all these actors and i hope they get more global recognition from this movie for the creative work and that this open more doors for them than ever because i can imagine this is your most challenging role yet - the hours on set were very daunting i heard. 
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The movie also introduces newcomers like Zimbabwe actress Memry Savanhu and Adonai Owiriwa. I know Memry already was featured in RAA series Catqwalk which am yet to see - so I still haven't see her acting yet but i look forward to this . 
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Watch Trailer:
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If you read this blog you will know that i am die hard fan of Producer Izu Ojukwu (and yall know am picky as hell so to say i LOOOOOOOVE his work - i truly mean it). 
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Why do i love his work so much? - cos he is one of the very few great director/producer we have in Africa (Nollywood to be precise) who always give us a great end product/film. He is one of our very best Movie Directors and everything he touches (movie wise) is a sure winner. Many people don't pay attention to directors but why i do because I feel a good director brings out the best in an actor - just like Denzel Washington as a freshman director brought out the best in Derek Luke directing him in the movie "Antoine Fisher". That was Dereks first movie ever and if you were not told you will never know cos he did a heckuva job playing that role of Antoine, under the direction of Denzel
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 There are quite a few experienced directors in our industry (especially our industry LOL), who are much more comfortable “directing with the camera” than they are working intimately with actor’s performances. It takes a great director like Martin Scorsese to bring the best of of Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo did not direct himself to get to where he is. Like i said in my past post HERE, sometimes it is the directors job to bring the best out of the actor and if the actor is already good (eg Genny, Majid, Bimbo, Rita, Ramsey etc ) it becomes a bonus and even better.
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Many directors tend to rely on casting actors and then leave them to their own devices when it comes to performance and then we see the movie is full of kinetic camera movement and frantically paced editing, and this becomes a problems because during the moments when true human emotion needs to be expressed, the film often falls flat because the great performance just isn't there - cos "Mr money miss road was unable to direct well" lol.  
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The truly great directors excel at directing actors and directing the camera. Izu is very good at this - it shows in his finished products, and this is why i make so much noise about him.  He doesn't just direct any movie, and as a fan its a lil frustrating waiting for a whole year to see but 1 movie, but i'd rather wait for a producer / director to take his time and give me a great movie, than some idiot churning out a movie every fortnite. 
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We need more of the likes of Izu in our industry. Great directors/producers who respect the art and always take their time to do their creative work. They don't rush through things, and these are the kind of people I respect cos i know they are not going to waste my time.
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Although Izu is known for directing, he also produced this movie "Lions of 76" and this is why it is so special in my mind. I know the story behind how he tried and persevered hard to get funding for this movie, and finally he did, and that is why i support him 100% - He never gave up. Like me, I hear Izu is a perfectionist and tried very hard (kept the crew/cast on location for the longest time in Ibadan barracks for 70 days, cos he did not want to leave any stone un-turned until the movie wrapped up and every detail was right) , so i have no doubt this movie is  going to turn out great and will soar with lots of awards - fingers cross international film festival nods from the likes of PanAfrican or Sundance.
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I am so proud when our very own tell our own stories, and not leave it to Hollywood to tell it like they did King of Scotland or Blood Diamond. I am very excited to see this movie. I always say instead of dwelling is the ever so tired and expired story like of Royalty, Babes this, Chief That, Campus Chick this and that, there are thousands of untold stories in Africa we could be focusing on - we have such rich history the world is waiting to see in film . The historical stories alone are plentiful and unending So I salute Izu for taking up this story.  Maybe next will be a film telling part of the story of the Biafran War (i say part cos i know that story can not be told in one film).
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I am particularly happy for new comer Daniel k Daniel (starred in Ladies Men) because i advised him that "Dont get so lured by the thousands/millions of naira and follow the trends of your peers by acting in just any movie. Tis best to do a few quality movies in a year than fill your resume up with 50 quantity rubbish movies. Yes the 50 quantity movies may make you popular, but the question is "popular for what" exactly? movie titled "Lagos Boys? lol.  What you do is You work with one great director who is able to get the best out of you, you shine, and bam! the door start opening". Yes it may be easier said than done and sometimes you get financially strapped and tempted to say yes to whatever comes your way, just to get the bills paid, and i totally understand, but just dont go overboard saying yes to any nilly willy script.
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Lets support this movie when it comes out. I dont have a release date yet, but i know its in 2013.

1 comment:

Pallavi Srivastava said...

Dear, i am also die hard fan of Producer Izu Ojukwu
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