One of our readers recently passed this along. The UK’s HekCentrik Productions has a new feature in the works entitled Turning Point, which recently wrapped production and plans for an April 2012 release.
Directed and produced by Niyi Towolawi and co-produced by Egor Efiok (pictured), the film stars an US/African cast including Jackie Appiah, Oge Okoye, Enyinna Nwigwe, Ebbe Bassey, Todd Bridges, Ernie Hudson, Joe Estevez, K.D. Aubert and Cynda Williams.
Set in New York, the story is said to focus on “ethnic prejudice amongst the various black communities in America and centers around a Nigerian investment banker who bows to family pressure to abandon his American sweetheart for an arranged wife from back home. His life is turned upside-down when the marriage turns out not too rosy, setting off a chain of events that forces him to confront his reckless past.”
We haven’t heard much about the project thus far, but the company is maintaining a blog with occasional updates on their progress. In it, Towolawi had some words to share about comparing Hollywood to Nollywood:
It’s not exactly a fair comparison as the industries are apples and oranges. Hollywood is a trillion dollar industry with a century’s experience in film production and Nollywood is still a growing industry with limited structure and framework.
I think though that Nollywood would be taken more seriously if the quest became one of quality over quantity. If $10m pictures become the norm, all the criticisms and challenges would suddenly disappear. Nigeria has amazing, internationally recognised fictional writers but none of them work in Nollywood. Stephen King, John Grisham, etc, have had all their published novels turned into films. If directors were paid $1m a picture, better films would be made. I would love to offer Jackie Appiah $2m for a role that takes a year to prepare for; that’s how Oscars are won. The major film equipment manufacturers, Arri, Panavision, Sony, Canon, Red et al, will set up shop in Nigeria and offer free training to ensure their products get a sizable market share. The industry is big enough and the fan base is even bigger.
For more, visit the film’s website.