Friday, December 22, 2017
Nigerian Film Industry, South Africa's Success Stories and Bragging Rights in Nollywood
Until Nigerian filmmakers in #Nollywood and #Kannywood make movies that #Fox, #WarnerBros, @Sony, @Disney, @DreamWorks and others will nod and bid to acquire, let us stop all the noise and bragging rights over our movies making ordinary US$1m at the box office after more than 20 years of Nollywood when South Africa's "The Gods Must Be Crazy" of 1980 made US$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars) the same year that popular celebrity gossip blogger, Linda Ikeji was born and I was just completing my secondary school education at St. Gregory's College in Lagos. Then came "District 9" of 2009, the science fiction action horror film directed by Neill Blomkamp of South Africa with a budget of US$30m and grossed US$210.8 million! And got four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. Should I continue?
So South Africa is the biggest film industry in Africa with two Oscars in the bag and South Africa is still not among the top 10 countries in the global film industry. South African filmmakers are competing with the best in the world and not competing with themselves.
Until Nigerian filmmakers from Kannywood to Nollywood stop competing with themselves, they will never make it to the Official Competition at the Cannes or make the nominations for the Oscars. Not bragging about paying to show your movie at the Marché du Film at the Cannes when our counterparts from even other African countries are in the Official Competition!
Let us stop being shortsighted and see the Big Picture or keep quiet!
We must speak the truth and stop fooling ourselves competing for bragging rights in our backyard when our peers have billboards on the Hollywood Blvd.
Yes, it is @orikinla AGAIN!
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.
Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi | IndieWire