In the 11th issue of Nolly Silver Screen Magazine covering December 2014 and January 2015, Wilfred Okiche’s profiles the ‘9 most anticipated Nollywood films of 2015’ and gives us a glimpse into what the year has in stock for us. Will this be the year Nollywood
finally scores an Oscar contender? *Sips Coffee* And could any of these films be the chosen one? We shall keep our fingers crossed. Check them out and lets know what you think. Check out the full edition of Nolly Silver Screen Magazine here
1. Gone Too Far
Produced by Passion Rouge pictures, this British Film Institute co-funded comedy parades a diverse, intercontinental
cast led by O.C. Ukeje. Directed by Destiny Ekaragha, Gone Too Far with its plot of a country bumpkin
visiting the United Kingdom for the first time, is a situational laugh fest that takes the concept of the fish out
of water and runs with it.
This much delayed fictional historical drama has been in the works for a couple of years now. Director Izu
Ojukwu has described it as his first proper film, declaring that every other thing he has done previously was
to lead him to this film. A high powered cast that includes Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme and
Ibinabo Fiberesima has been hired to breathe life into the film and the snippets look good. Hoping it drops
3. Dazzling Mirage
Ace cinematographer, director and culture preservationist, Tunde Kelani adapted Olayinka Egbokhare’s novella
of the same title and cast fast rising Lala Akindoju as a young girl living with sickle cell anemia. Premiered
in November 2014, the film seeks not only to entertain, but to educate a wider audience on the clinical and
social consequences of the disease on the lives and families of its victims.
4. Heaven’s Hell
Big Brother Nigeria winner Katung Aduwak helms this psychological thriller about marriage, family, betrayal
and the ties that bind. Based on a true story, Heaven’s Hell boasts big names like Nse Ikpe-Etim, Bimbo Akintola,
Damilola Adegbite and Fabian Lojede. Femi Kuti and rapper Jesse Jagz contribute to the soundtrack.
Heaven’s Hell is set for a January 23 release date.
5. The Department
The plot of the department sounds like fun and viewers will have to wait for the January 30 release date to
unearth what lies inside the package. The Department is a secret organisation run by young professionals that
targets top businesses for hostile takeovers. All goes smoothly until two members decide to opt out only to
find out that nothing is ever what it seems.
6. Still Standing
Jackie Appiah and Bobby Obodo make screen magic in this family drama that explores the immigrant
experience and the toll that tragedy takes on a family. Set for a February release and shot entirely in the
United States, Still Standing was directed by Michael Uadiale and has on the GIAMA award for Best Film in the
7. La Femme Anjola
The last time Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo came together to make a film, the result was 2013’s The Meeting,
a romantic drama that by for some reason is still being nominated for awards consideration till date. Both
heavyweights reunite under the auspices of their The Audrey Silva Company for another effort, this time a
noir thriller, La Femme Anjola in which Rita Dominic’s character is poised to be as interesting as The Meeting’s
Stephanie Linus has been working on this vesicovaginal fistula awareness film for a long time now that it
seems that 2015 will be the year it finally hits cinemas. As a filmmaker, Linus has not made a film since her
student project, 2008’s Through the Glass ignited the cinema culture for locally produced films so expectations
are high for this one.
9. Black November
Jeta Amata’s high octane thriller investigates unscrupulous going ons in the oil blessed Niger Delta region
and his plot pits a giant multi-national company against a local community. Attracting controversy from the
first day it was announced, Black November has finally secured a United States release and Nigerian audiences
are eager to set eyes on it.