Award-winning filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, has changed gear in 2013. He’s shooting a new feature, Dazzling Mirage just as he’s back to location to film some missing parts of Ma’ami, starring star actress, Funke Akindele.
Ma’ami, which has done cinema and festival circuits in Nigeria and Brazil’s BENVIDO A Nollywood: Welcome to Nollywood in Brazil, British Film Institute’s Film Africa, the Edinburg Film Festival, Scotland, the African Film Festival, Glasgow and New York African Film Festival 2012, has enjoyed rave reviews.
The decision to shoot the missing scenes, according to TK is not unconnected with the fact that the film has not been released, he’s poised to make it a better picture with those scenes that are yet to be shot. Undaunted by the ravaging piracy and lack of fund vis-a vis infrastructures that have stalled Nollywood, the 2012 ZUMA Films Best Director, said he’s committed more than ever to take a plunge. ‘’ 2013 it’s a sink or swim year for the movie industry in Nigeria. No doubt, the industry has been ravaged by continuous piracy and very slow development of infrastructures which continue to pose great challenges for Nigerian filmmakers but we are determined not to stop and in spite of all these adversities, the show must go on.’’
His next effort, Dazzling Mirage is a continuation of his literature to screen approach to filmmaking. Dazzling Mirage written by Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare, according to Kelani who has just returned from the Dubai International Film Festival as a member of the Jury, said it’s a story that will touch the nerve of a nation and our approach to sufferers of sickle cell anaemia and the myths. ‘’ Even then it is an interesting love story, because all of us are connected directly or indirectly to the sufferers of this ailment. I’m intrigued by the writer’s approach to weave a love story with it and that to me, it is an attraction. I have also had personal relationship with sufferers of this ailment and I consider it my responsibility to bring their story to fore.’’
Egbokhare’s Dazzling Mirage, published by Loud Books, is a narrative about the adoptive daughter of the Adebayos. It is a story of her travails and triumphs against the odds of physical pains and psychological traumas which she experienced in her journey towards self-fulfilment. Dazzling Mirage is about different kinds of love, marked by acts of betrayal and loyalty, the life of a typical sickle cell disease sufferer who by reason of her peculiar genotype is sentenced to bouts of crises which makes life very unpredictable.
Egbokhare holds a Ph.D in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan, where she teaches writing skills.
The story is being adapted for screen by UK-based Ade Solanke, nominee, Best New Play 2012( Pandora’s Box) off West End Theatre Awards; winner, Best Playwright 2012, Nigerian Entertainment and Lifestyle Awards; winner, Best Playwright 2011, African Film Awards.
Typical of Kelani, the production of Dazzling Mirage will be a capacity building project that will involve aspiring filmmakers and to this effect, a new set of equipment have been ordered to achieve hands-on experience.