Faxyman set to thrill viewers with ‘Battered’
Peter Chukwuemeke Diji, also known as Faxyman in the entertainment circle, is a Nigerian filmmaker and actor who is passionate about filmmaking.
He studied Mass Communication at Wolex Polytechnic. To hone his skills, he attended Africa Film Academy in 2022, where he studied filmmaking and directing. In this interview, he talks about his new film ‘Battered’ which will premiere on October 22 at Sky Cinemas, Lekki-Ajah, Lagos.
What led you to go into filmmaking?
Based on my study as a communicator, I chose filmmaking as a means to communicate, educate and inform the masses through motion pictures.
How long have you been making films?
I started making films professionally in 2022 as a producer/executive producer and an actor. My first feature film is titled, ‘Battered’, a thrillant, psychological and educational movie that centres on modern slavery. The movie is to be premiered on October 22, 2022. Visit my Youtube channel @ Faxyman Media for more exciting updates.
What kind of film inspired you as a director?
Comedy films. I love comedy as it helps me to unwind and as well passes real messages across to the audience.
Who are your role models in the film industry and why?
John Okafor, Charles Inojie and Eddy Murphy are my role models. They are my role models because they interpret their roles excellently.
What makes a good film?
A good film creates an emotional reaction from the audience. This is to say, a good film should make you either cry, laugh, be scared or angry.
You are set to unveil your new movie, ‘Battered’, what is the inspiration behind the making of the film?
Modern slavery. The number of persons currently in bondage is greater than those that were in past recorded human history. Though the incidents of present-day dehumanisation are not so visible in public, most of them take place in homes and organisations. ‘Battered’ elucidates an aspect of modern slavery that is the cause of the larger issues we are suffering in society today.
What lessons should viewers learn from the film?
The movie aims to sensitise the people, victims, and perpetrators, regarding the subject matter, of modern slavery. There are several lessons to be learned in the film, such as the effects of ignorance, and much more.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Being a world-renowned filmmaker and content creator and continually promote and move humanity forward.
What positive changes would you like to see in the Nigerian film industry?
Harmony, good content, international recognition and easy access to funds and support from governmental bodies, bluechip organisations, international organisations, and individuals.