‘Farming’ Brought To Fruition A Vision I Carried For So Long – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

 

British-Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, has shared some of the experiences that inspired his directorial debut, ‘Farming’.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the actor who said he had gone through an identity crisis as a teenager, explained that the movie was an expression of some of those struggles.

According to him, producing the movie “was very surreal, very cathartic, at times very emotional but ultimately it was like the fruition of a vision that (he) had carried for so many years”.

The movie which tells a story of a young Nigerian boy, ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family with hopes of a better future, featured Genevieve Nnaji, Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, among others.

Adewale described them as “fantastic” saying, “I couldn’t have got a better cast”.

When asked what Nollywood can do to get international attention, he said the Nigerian film industry has so much potential to be seeking the attention of its foreign counterparts.

“The Nigerian film industry has to have its own identity,” he said.

He further explained that the industry is not lacking with talent and is rapidly expanding in terms of quality of productions.

“A lot of Nollywood was born out of a lack of resources. We were using cameras that were relatively outdated. There’s new technology and artists and filmmakers are now getting access to that and that’s definitely going to improve the quality,” he said.

Beyond that, he believes that the industry does not need to compete with others but rather continue to improve itself and tell its stories in the best ways possible.

“I don’t think you should think of it in terms of improving the quality to compete with Hollywood or anybody else.

“It is improving the quality to be able to tell our stories in the richest texture and the ways that we can and if we stick to that, who knows it may become the dominant channel,” he said.

‘Now Our Watch Is Ended’: History-Making ‘Game Of Thrones’ Wraps

 

After eight epic years of chivalry, sex, death and dragons, “Game of Thrones” fans worldwide have just 79 pulsating minutes remaining Sunday to get their final fix in one of the most hotly anticipated events in TV history.

The blood-spattered tale of noble families vying for the Iron Throne has just one episode to go and buzz is at fever pitch for a ratings juggernaut that has demolished audience records like a Dothraki barbarian finishing off a skillet of horse meat.

“We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this,” Dan Weiss, who directed the 73rd and final episode with fellow showrunner David Benioff, told Entertainment Weekly.

While many will watch at home, perhaps with a goblet of Dornish red wine and a punnet of Braavosi cockles, thousands will celebrate and mourn the show’s denouement at viewing parties in bars, banqueting halls and backyards from Alaska to Armenia.

One of the darkest and most controversial primetime series ever made, “GoT” has been the target of criticism over the years for senseless violence and its repeated use of rape as a dramatic device.

Hacked, burned, flayed

The scriptwriters have brutalized women, killed children, depicted graphic sex and had their characters hacked, stabbed, flayed, poisoned, decapitated, burned alive, eye-gouged and eviscerated — all in glorious close-up.

Even principal character Jon Snow (Kit Harington), whose fellow Night’s Watch troops would chant “And now his watch is ended” at comrades’ funerals, suffered the indignity of being briefly dead after a particularly violent quarrel.

The adult themes have not deterred fans, however, nor the industry itself, which has seen fit to make it the most decorated series in history, with 47 Emmy Awards.

Airing in 170 countries under its portentous tagline, “Winter is Coming,” the show is also the most expensive ever, with a budget of $15 million per episode in its final run.

The season seven finale set an all-time US record for premium cable TV with 16.5 million people watching live or streaming on the day of transmission and 15 million more tuning in later.

Viewing records also tumbled across the world, with Britain’s Sky Atlantic and OCS in France showing episodes in the middle of the night in sync with their US premieres.

Season six was the first to move beyond the source material, George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, and carve its own path.

Critics said it marked a return to form, with the narrative allowing female characters to demonstrate complexity and moral agency lacking in some of the earlier seasons.

The shortened final two seasons have been more of a mixed bag, with many fans furious over what they consider poor writing.

Mass-murdering madness

Most controversial has been the rapid descent into mass-murdering madness by Emilia Clarke’s fan favorite Daenerys Targaryen, arguably the lead character in an enormous ensemble that has called on the services of such luminaries as Charles Dance, Sean Bean, Jim Broadbent and Diana Rigg.

A Change.org petition called “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers” had passed one million signatures with more than 24 hours to go until Sunday’s finale.

Assuming there is no do-over, the biggest mystery of all remains who will be sitting on the Iron Throne and ruling Westeros when “Game of Thrones” comes to an end.

To throw hackers and pirates off the scent, Benioff and Weiss shot several versions of the final episode, a tactic already used for “The Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad.”

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, has admitted that even she was fooled into believing a fake version of the ending.

Martin will himself discover the on-screen ending of his long-running masterwork before he has had a chance to conclude the fantasy on paper.

The plot lines for his long-awaited final two novels in the series — “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring” — were adapted to the screen based on outlines Martin gave the show’s writers. But there is no guarantee they will stick to his plan.

“Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that,” Martin once told an interviewer.

The “Game of Thrones” finale premieres on HBO at 9:00 pm in the US on both coasts (0100 GMT and 0400 GMT).

‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Reveals Near-Fatal Brain Aneurysms

In this file photo taken on February 24, 2019 Emilia Clarke arrives for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Mark RALSTON / AFP

 

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke suffered two nearly fatal brain aneurysms in the early years of filming the hit series, she said in an essay published Thursday.

The British actress — who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the blockbuster show about to enter its final season — wrote that the first aneurysm rupture struck while she was at the gym in February 2011, just after filming the first season.

“At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged,” the 32-year-old wrote in The New Yorker magazine in her piece entitled “A Battle For My Life.”

“For a few moments, I tried to will away the pain and the nausea,” she continued. “To keep my memory alive, I tried to recall, among other things, some lines from ‘Game of Thrones.'”

Clarke was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage — a form of stroke triggered by bleeding into areas that surround the brain, which kills about one-third of the patients it strikes.

She was 24 at the time of her first brain surgery, and said the recovery period in which she could not even recall her own name — a condition called aphasia — gave her “a sense of doom.”

“In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die,” Clarke said. “My job — my entire dream of what my life would be — centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.”

The condition passed and Clarke left the hospital one month after her admission — but doctors had found she had a second aneurysm that could rupture at any moment.

“Even before we began filming Season 2, I was deeply unsure of myself. I was often so woozy, so weak, that I thought I was going to die,” Clarke wrote, saying she took morphine between interviews while promoting the acclaimed show.

During a routine brain scan doctors found her growth had doubled in size and decided to operate — a seemingly simple procedure that resulted in major complications and another month in the hospital.

Today, Clarke says she has “healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes,” and helped develop a charity to offer treatment to patients recovering from stroke and brain injuries.

“There is something gratifying, and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of ‘Thrones,'” Clarke wrote. “I’m so happy to be here to see the end of this story and the beginning of whatever comes next.”

Clint Eastwood Recreates Foiled Train Attack For Next Film

Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood’s is shooting his latest film in northern France, based on a true story of three U.S. citizens and a British man who disarmed a gunman on a Paris-bound train.

Eastwood filmed a sequence for the movie “The 15:17 to Paris” on Friday (September 1) in the train station of Arras, where residents are thrilled about the project.

“The 15:17 to Paris” is a re-enactment of the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the childhood friends who thwarted it.

Eastwood cast real-life heroes Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in the picture.

The three men overcame gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani on an Amsterdam-Paris train, preventing him from carrying out a planned massacre.

After filming in Paris, the set moved to the northern town of Arras where the high-speed train had prematurely ended its journey.

At the time, Sadler, Skarlatos and Chris Norman, a British consultant, had given interviews to media in a small cafe near the train station while Stone was being treated in hospital for wounds he received during the attack.

They said they had no choice but to react when they saw the gunman cocking his assault rifle. Stone said he choked him while Skarlatos hit him on the head with one of his firearms.

Stone’s and Skarlatos’ military training kicked in while they provided first aid and searched the train to make sure there were no other gunmen, they said at the time.

They said the gunman was apparently untrained in firearms and that he could have used all his firepower to devastating effect if he had known more about weapons.

Then French President Francois Hollande awarded the three Americans and the Briton France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, for their heroism.

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Krzysztof Krauze’s Rwanda Genocide Film Premiers Three Years After His Death

Polish film director Joanna Kos-Krauze showed her film ‘Birds are singing in Kigali’ at the 52nd International film festival in the western Bohemian spa of Karlovy Vary.

Kos-Krauze started working on the Rwandan genocide drama together with her husband and longtime co-operator, director Krzysztof Krauze, who died in 2014. Three years after his death the film now premiered in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary film festival.

Three years after his death the film now premiered in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary film festival.

The film tells the story of Polish ornithologist Anna, who goes to Rwanda in 1994 – just as the Hutu majority unleashes genocide against the smaller population of Tutsis.

Anna manages to save the daughter of a local colleague whose entire family has been murdered and takes her to Poland.

Later, Anna follows Claudine back to Africa and there she observes the Tutsi woman’s search for traces of her former life and graves of her family members.

“It was natural for us because the Holocaust happened in Poland, we are dealing with the consequences till today. We cope in different ways, sometimes Poles cope very well, sometimes very badly, as shown with the Jedwabne case where dialogue is still very difficult,” Kos-Krauze said of the film.

“We were aiming to do a film about the Holocaust for a long time, but we couldn’t find a story where we could tell the story using a new language. In the end, we decided, after spending almost six years in Africa and after arriving in Rwanda that we will try to join these two elements. And that’s how it started. Also, looking at what is going on in Europe at the moment.”

Polish actress Jowita Budnik said she had an unusual experience in Rwanda.

“In reality filming in Rwanda took place at the end of the making of the film. They comprise around one-third of the film, the whole story,” she said. “But we spent a lot of time in Rwanda, I spent around three months there, it’s an unusual experience, totally different country and culture. We also remembered we are making a film about a terrible genocide and despite the beauty of the country and wonderful people it was hard to forget.”

Rwandan actress Eliane Umuhira said playing a role in a film that tells a story of that magnitude was scary at first.

She said, “It is a big responsibility, it’s a very big responsibility because the story I tell is the story of million people who died but also another million people who survived them and who went through the same process, the same trauma and have to heal.

“At first I was a bit afraid when I took the role that I may not do justice to the story and then, later on, I realised that actually it is a good opportunity to share with the world what we went through but also how we came up and now we are living.”

More than 300 film makers will be introduced at this year’s edition of the Karlovy Vary film festival and some 200 films from around the world will be shown. The festival is intended for both film professionals as well as the general public. It runs until July 8.

Star Wars Movie Franchise Returns To England

Filming of the new “Star Wars” movie will take place in England, returning the franchise to its British roots, Disney’s Lucasfilm has confirmed.

The six previous “Star Wars” films were all partly made in the UK at famed studios including Pinewood, Elstree, Shepperton and Leavesden, north of London, home to the Harry Potter movies.

Disney announced three new “Star Wars” films in October 2012, when it purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Company for $4.05 billion (2.6 billion pounds). It is rumoured Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, could return in the new movies.

The news that the film would be shot in England was welcomed by the British Chancellor George Osborne.

It will further boost the British film industry that has been regenerated by the popular James Bond and Harry Potter franchises.

By coincidence, a Star Wars convention was taking place in the eastern English city of Norwich on Saturday with several delegates parading through the streets in full costume.

While over at the London sci-fi store Forbidden Planet, bosses said Star Wars products and figures had remained among their most popular down the decades.

“Well I think a lot of people will see this as a return of Star Wars, and for a shop like Forbidden Planet Star Wars has never been away. The genius that the Lucas organisation has always shown with Star Wars is that everything has always existed in a timeline so all of the books, all of the comics, the video games, all weave together. The films are just six, and now nine, blips on a massive timeline across a massive galaxy, so it’s never been away in that respect for us,” said Jim Harrison from the store.

The “Star Wars” franchise has grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1977.

“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars’ as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said in a statement.

“Star Wars: Episode VII’ is scheduled to be released in 2015.

“My Father Taught Me Film Business” – Kunle Afolayan

Nollywood producer, Kunle Afolayan has credited his success in film business to his late actor father, Ade Love, stating that no school can teach that.

During a Google Hangout with Channels Television, other media outifts and fans alike from Nigeria and across the globe, Afolayan disclosed that he always works with the same team of professionals who share his vision.

The hangout was staged to usher in the official premiere of his movies; Irapada, Figuring and Phone Swap online, which will be available in three different languages.

Speaking about his movie, Figurine, Afolayan disclosed that it was the most challenging movie to produce. He also said that the movie may have a sequel in the future.

He commented on the recent controversy involving movies with elements of pornography, in Nollywood. The movie maker stated that every movie has its market.

He said that although such movies are against Nigerian culture, he wouldn’t be surprised if people patronise such films.

“Sex sells more than anything in the world. He said.

He advised that such films be banned if the National Film and Video Censors Board finds them unworthy for the society.

Movie lovers can now watch the Afolayan’s movies in French and Spanish at www.youtube.com/kafolayan.

 

Who wins the battle? Yoruba Movie Academy Awards

Nollywood actresses Funke Akindele, Fathia Balogun and Bimbo Akintola will be battling for the Best Actress award at this year’s Yoruba Movie Academy Awards.

This event will be held at the Cultural Center Kuto- Abeokuta the state capital of Ogun State South West Nigeria.

The award has been carved out as part of the event lined up to mark Gov. Ibikunle Amosun’s first year in office.

According to the commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Chief Olu Odeyemi ‘It is worthy to note that Abeokuta is fast becoming the movie capital of the Southwest as plans are also underway to build a world class movie village towards the attainment of this historic objective’

This is the inaugural edition of the Yoruba Movie Academy Awards.