Posted in Cinema culture, Distribution, Formalization, New Nollywood, Premieres/Screenings, tagged Ahmed Yerima, Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva, Joseph Benjamin, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Ozone Cinemas, Tango with Me, Tina Mba on April 12, 2011|
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Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Tina Mba, and Joseph Benjamin at the 'Tango with Me' press preview, Ozone Cinemas. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu
Today, I witnessed the first forty minutes of Mahmood Ali-Balogun’s eagerly-anticipated film, Tango with Me, at the press screening at Ozone Cinemas in Yaba. The film has been on Nollywood’s radar for months given Ali-Balogun’s astonishing investment of nearly N100 million into the production budget. The director shot on 35mm, hired equipment and crew from Los Angeles, and spent weeks in post-production in Bulgaria.
The film is fraught with tension as it documents the disintegration of a marriage between two newlyweds, played by Genevieve Nnaji and Joseph Benjamin. Other actors include Joke Silva, Ahmed Yerima, and Tina Mba.
Tango with Me is scheduled to open on April 22 in multiplexes in Lagos (Silverbird, Genesis, and Ozone), Abuja (Silverbird and Ceddi Plaza), and Port Harcourt (Silverbird).
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"Little Drops" Rehearsal at Lufodo Group headquarters
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting veteran thespian Joke Silva at her Lekki-based Lufodo Group headquarters during the rehearsals for Ahmed Yerima’s stage play, Little Drops. The drama about the Niger Delta struggle is directed by Niji Akanni and features a diverse ensemble cast, which includes Kate Henshaw-Nuttal. Little Drops is scheduled to premier in Port Harcourt on November 25 and Lagos on November 27.
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