My plan for Nollywood –Uranta
Nollywood starlet, Mary Uranta, sheds light on decision to set up a movie production house in Lagos in this interview with JAYNE AUGOYE
As more actors continue to delve into other fields, some others are also doubling up within the sector. One of such is Nollywood actress, Mary Uranta, who is already dreaming big, having recently launched 50th Academy Production House in Lagos.
For the River State University of Science and Technology, Secretarial Studies graduate, the idea to invest in movie production by opening a state-of-the-art studio is also her own of giving back to the industry.
“I just decided to do something for myself and because of the love I have for the industry. I thought I should do something to promote myself, others and generally be of assistance to people. We are actually strategising on how to start operations. We are thinking of going into big productions, collaborating with people, with film houses abroad to bring them into Nigeria to teach us and do some others. It is well equipped and has any equipment you can think of for movie post production and music video. So, when I am not using the equipment, I will give them out for hire, and I planning on going into movie production.”
And so armed with a certificate in acting from the London School of Arts, Uranta, says she plans on testing the waters by hitting the screen with a totally different kind of movie.
“I have a family-oriented movie, and will be hitting the location very soon. It is a very beautiful and well told story which will be launched before December. Totally different from the typical Nollywood stories you have around. Then we will hit the cinema immediately after the launch. I promise you it will be different from the norm as I am working some of the best hands in the industry.
She notes that she has a foundation called The Mary Uranta Foundation, targeted at the less privileged children of Opobo, in Rivers State.
Her words, “This entails basically paying their tuition, clothing and feeding them from time to time. Although I still look out for some of these children in Lagos State where I currently live, I will be going out in full force in Port Harcourt very soon.”