To Nollywood…and Beyond!!!
If ever there were a time to discover the wonders of Nigerian Cinema, it would be now!
Having spanned film-making from its colonial era through to the present day, the sector, more affectionately known as ‘Nollywood’, has steadily risen in global influence, both creatively and financially, to become a record-breaking, billion-dollar industry.
Today marks the eagerly-awaited arrival of ‘Beyond Nollywood’, an eclectic three-day programme representing the BFI’s ever-popular strand of ‘African Odysseys’, specially-curated by Nadia Denton, author of ‘The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide To Success: Beyond Nollywood’. Beautifully-amalgamated into the current ‘Black Star’ Season of screenings and events, the weekend delivers a tantalising selection of top-tier cinematic talent, scaling diverse genres and themes, showcased in back-to-back UK, European and World Premieres. (Of particular note is ‘I Believe In Pink’, directed by Victoria Thomas which, only last week, was announced as a ‘TriForce Short Film Fest’ Finalist).
As ever, with BFI schedules, the events won’t be all ‘show’! A one-off ‘In Conversation’ with acclaimed Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim and Film-maker/ Director Q-and-A sessions with Abba T Makama, Tope Oshin and more, will offer the opportunity to delve further into the process from script-to-screen… and there will be the chance to revel in some sweet Afrobeats in the Riverfront terrace!
Now if that isn’t something to tell everyone about, I don’t know what is!
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African Odysseys present: Beyond Nollywood runs from Friday 18th November through to Sunday 20th November at BFI Southbank as part of the BFI Black Star Season. Click-through for tickets and times!
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