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The Watchlist: Michael Omonua’s favourite films

Michael Omonua is a Nigerian film director and writer. He received his BA in Film Production at the University College of the Creative Arts, in Farnham, Surrey, and has since gone on to write and direct short films in both the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He premiered his debut feature film, The Man Who Cuts Tattoos, at the London Film Festival to acclaim from critics globally. His most recent offering, Rehearsal, a biting satiric short film inspired by the theatricality of church sermons, featured in the Berlinale Shorts Competition 2021. The critically acclaimed director walks us through the films that have exposed him to the beauty of cinema. Flirt  A 1995 coming of age drama film written and directed by Hal Hartley. It tells the story of a lover who has to choose whether to commit to a partner who is returning home. This situation is played out in different…

What Makes Stories Special

In his book, Writing for Emotional Impact, Hollywood story consultant Karl Iglesias stresses the indulgence of the audience in film. In his words, “The emotional response of the audience is the most paramount and important thing when it comes to storytelling”. A statement packed with the true yet, in certain climes, understated definition of filmmaking. Simply put, film should be participatory. Film has transitioned from the nostalgia of unpopular culture to the bliss of popular culture. Film has been with us, lived with us, evolved with us, revolted with us. Film permits us to curate, express and pontificate ideas, culture and, above all else, the human condition. The best films leave us with veritable questions and/or lucid answers, but never  confused or adrift at sea. The time, money and psychic investment of the audience should be considerably rewarded. Nobody, I repeat, nobody deserves to sit through hours of confused, incoherent,…

How To Get Your Film Seen On The 2021 Festival Circuit During Covid-19

The harsh realities of the COVID pandemic have continued to pose serious threats to the independent film community. Jobs have been lost, productions have been halted and questions continue to be asked about what the future holds for the community. While we wait, the community continues to respond. Film festivals, for one, have either hold off operations until further notice or switch to virtual viewings, limited viewings and hybrid events.  This need to adapt to the times extends to Nigerian filmmakers and their films. More than ever, the world thirsts for stories from all over the world to live through the tough times and console ourselves with semblances of normalcy while we wait for an end. It’s important for Nigerian filmmakers to be up to date with the new systems run by festivals so they can share their unique stories. It is with this in mind that Rebekah Louisa…

The Lost Okoroshi Co-Writer discusses Storytelling and Masquerades Part 1

Who’s looking forward to catching The Lost Okoroshi soon? For years, a good number of film lovers in Nigeria have continually asked for two things: increased global acclaim for our movies and artistic expressions beyond lighthearted fare. The Lost Okoroshi provided both. The impressive BFI London Film Festival 2019 selection was followed by its viral trailer that easily communicated its premise: a regular city jobber wakes up one morning garbed as a Traditional Igbo masquerade and must survive. That wasn’t all that stood out. There was the trademark surrealism of Director Abba Makama, the grittiness that spoke to the soul of the typical Nigerian city and the artistic sensibility obvious through the music, mood and colour scheme. The minds behind the scripts are Director Abba Makama and critically acclaimed screenwriter Africa Ukoh. This same duo was behind Green White Green, a coming of age satirical comedy that screened at the Toronto International…

Dami Orimogunje reveals his favourite films

With films like Family, Mo and Losing my Religion, Dami Orimogunje has shown his fine taste in cinema, referencing obvious influences in his personal project from a diverse appreciation of global cinema. When Filmkaku spoke with him about his work, he expectedly punctuated some of his points with references to his favourite films listed below. The cumulative total reflects a deep interest in foreign language dramas, usually about couples facing external and internal crises. Amour by Michael Haneke This German film tells the story of an Octogenarian couple, George and Anne grappling with a debilitating stroke. Slated as a painful and personal drama, Orimogunje references this film more than any other film as an example of simple but powerful storytelling. Check our trailer here Ida by Pawel Pawlikoski Set in 1962 Poland, Ida is about a young woman about to take vows as a nun when she learns from her…

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