Dinner At My Place hits the screen
Is there anything as a perfect relationship or marriage? Sorry, there is no such thing. But marriage experts will tell you that everyday, the throwing of banters, breaking and making-up by couples help marriage and make them inch towards perfection.
Dinner At My Place, written and directed by Kevin Apaa, and produced by Chiamaka Ebochue for Duku Pictures, and distributed by FilmOne Distribution is one work that tells its audience that everyday in marriage or even in any relationship is work in progresss.
The story is that of Nonso (Timini Egbuson), who is planning to propose to his girlfriend (Sophie Alakija) over dinner, however, things take a turn for the worst when his ex-girlfriend (Bisola Aiyeola) shows up uninvited.
The movie, which hit the scene on January 28, 2022, features actors such as Egbuson, Aiyeola, Uche Montana, Charles Etubiebi, Oluyemi Solade, Debby Felix and Michael Sanni (Mc lively).
Speaking with The Guardian after the premiere in Lekki, Lagos, Apaa described the movie as a sweet light-hearted story, beautiful, funny and romance filled.
“I believe that romance and drama go hand-in-hand. Wherever there is romance, the story doesn’t go smoothly, there is always a tragedy and drama in between. So, I started to match the two concepts to make the movie.
“I started the story as a short film after it went to film festivals and did very well. We got eight awards for the 11 minutes short film and we also got short movie international licence to show the film in the UK and the US, and as at that time, I wasn’t looking at making it into a feature film, but it started doing well at movie festivals. My team and I then came together and we started developing the script, and here we are, today.”
On the thrust of the movie, he said: “What I want people to know through this film is that love doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s not how perfect a wedding proposal is, it’s how to express oneself. I am hoping that people will love the movie and learn a lot from it.”
Speaking on why Nigerians should watch the movie, Egbuson said: “Nigerians and others should watch this movie because it’s a beautiful story, it’s an escape from the seriousness of horror and action films. It’s a one hour, 40 minutes story of an ‘escape experience’ where you watch a beautiful, relatable story, unfold.”
Speaking on his acting career, he said: “This is my 12th year on the job . Over the years, I have been a waka pass, rejected, told I wasn’t good enough and others. So, it has been a long journey. I am grateful to God. I am not taking the commendations for granted. The responsibility is more now, because I’m on a high pedestal and people are watching me. So, I need to give my best every time and that’s what I did in Dinner At My Place.”