Olisa’s Aguyi Ironsi out April 4, talks justice
Olisa, is set to release his latest movie titled Aguyi Ironsi. The movie, which preaches justice and fairness in life’s journey, drives home the message of reaping as you have sown, emphasising that whatever belongs to you remains.
According to the actor, director and producer, “Aguyi is a common name in the eastern part of Nigeria and Ironsi symbolises the place of a crocodile. It is also the name of a former head of state in Nigeria, which makes the movie iconic.
Part of my inspiration is based on true-life story, but then because it is not a documentary, it has to be spiced up to make it commercial.”
The University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.-trained filmmaker and the winner of City People Entertainment Award for Best (English) Movie Marketer of the Year 2016, said the movie features Sam Dede, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Don Brymo, Silva Iyke, Lord Frank and was directed by Adim Williams.
“As a filmmaker over the years, what I do is to get my title first, then get a story that suits the title and look for actors, who can best interpret the script,” he said, which is like putting the cart before the horse.
For Olisa who came into filmmaking as a writer in 1994, with over 200 movies to his credit already, said he does not take his movies to the cinemas, as he does not make movies for the cinema, adding, “It is important you identify your market before making a movie, and the reason most people do not recoup their money is because they do not have a target.
They just want to make a movie and believe it will go to YouTube, and other Internet sources. I did this movie for the market audience because that is where my target is.
The final year student of law at the National Open University said even though he is fulfilling his father’s wish for law, his passion has always been filmmaking. Olisa has produced Shina Rambo, Rev. Sister Ibu, King of Kidnappers, Great Oracle, Python Girl, Trauma among others.
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