Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hollywood film begins pre-production in Nigeria

Governor Segun Oni of Ekitit State in collaboration with the HekCentrik Productions(UK) is facilitating a pre-production visit to Nigeria to explore filming locations for kayfabe films thriller, "Sole Redemption."

The 10-day trip which commenced since last week will see the team visiting majority of the local governments in Ekiti, in addition to areas in Osun, Ondo and Lagos Island. This project, HVP leant is significant as it will be the first Hollywood motion picture to be shot in its entirety in sub-Saharan Africa, and will also see several recognizable Hollywood actors and production personnel fly into the country for the two month- long filming.

According to Niyi Towolawi, CEO of HekCentrik and writer/director of the movie, "Twisted" , "it has been hard convincing the producers and investors that Nigeria is a viable location for a production of this scale, and it's rewarding to shoot films in Nigeria, rather than on a fabricated set or western location elsewhere. We are able to influence how Nigeria is represented and portrayed to the world."

The film, Towolawi noted, offers to correct a lot of those wrongs through factual storytelling and by casting skill. The ensemble cast led by British born Oris Erhuero, an acclaimed Hollywood actor of Nigerian parentage are already on location in Nigeria. The director of the film, Christopher M. Anthony is also very excited about capturing the serenity of picturesque hills, waterfalls and Nigerian landscape that will compliment the story.


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