"People don’t want to invest in Ghanaian movies" – Juliet Ibrahim
Ghanaian born Lebanese Actress, Juliet Ibrahim, is calling on corporate Ghana and other investors to support the Ghana movie industry as she takes a great step into movie production. The “Fresh face” of Ghallywood is set to premiere her first self produced movie – ‘The Number One Fan’ on October 25 at the National Theatre.
In an interview with XFM’s David Apinga, the screen goddess bemoaned the difficulty and frustrations she went through in her quest to secure sponsorship for the movie.
“I wanted the movie to be the best out of Ghana. We approached people for sponsorship but was always go come, go come. We did get Royal Furnitures and Wonda World Estate who made the movie look so glamorous, people thought we shot in South Africa. People don’t want to believe in you [producers] and invest into movies anymore and that concept we have to change. Starting from this movie, I believe people will get to know that there is a lot you can do if you have the support of corporate companies helping producers,” she intimated.
The 27 year old mother of one revealed that her experience with fans inspired her to produce the movie.
According to her,” The Number One Fan is a story I came up with through experience. Being a celebrity I have everybody who just run into me and go like, I’m your number one fan. I get to hear that a lot and I sat down one day to think that okay, who is really the number one fan because some will say it and if you don’t respond to them or you don’t take them serious, they get angry and start insulting you. That means you are not a true fan so who is really a true fan? That was the whole motive behind the story”.
Juliet Ibrahim says she was motivated to go into movie production because the country needs more producers in order to churn out quality movies to match up with Nollywood and other big movie industries.
She also noted that her outfit is aimed at nurturing and creating opportunities especially for ladies to prevent them from falling prey to unscrupulous male producers who take advantage of them sexually before giving them roles.
Juliet shot to fame in 2005 with her début in the phenomenal movie “Crime to Christ” starring alongside star actor Majid Michael. She has since starred in several movies including : In The Eyes of My Husband (2007), Royal Storm (2009), Naked Weapon (2009), Queen’s Pride (2009), Princess Rihanna (2010), 4play(2010), 4play reloaded (2010) and Crazy Scandal (2010).
About the movie
The number one fan exposes the life of an average African movie star. It highlights the love from fans, hatred from colleagues and the very real problems that some face in their homes.
The movie features a lead character, Lala Gam-Hammond (actress) who got bored with her acting career after winning multiple awards. She announces her retirement in order to start a family with her husband. In her pursuit of happiness, absolute tragedy strikes, and not without foul play. With so many suspects, who’s to blame? Where do you start?
The number one fan is filled with suspense and intrigue. It features great stars from both Ghana and Nigeria, the likes of Juliet Ibrahim herself, Yemi Blaq, Selly of Big Brother Africa fame, Keitta of Big Brother Africa fame , Zainab Sheriff of Big Brother Africa fame, AY The Comedian, KC Ejelonu, Emmanuel Mensah, Kofi Adjorlolo, Stephanie Owusu, Narsh Smith, Prince David Osei, Eddie Nartey, Ruweida Yakubu and Introducing Sonia Ibrahim.
The Premiere will be hosted by Bassey of BBA The Chase fame.
Touching on the premiere, Juliet Ibrahim said it is one of a kind as the audience will get to enjoy musical performances from top musicians like D Black, R2bees, Jupitar, Chris Waddle and so much more surprises.
People who purchase the VIP tickets will also get some gifts from the sponsors of the premiere and some lucky fans will get a dinner date with the Producer , Juliet Ibrahim.
The Show Times: 5.00pm and 8.30pm
Tickets: VIP – 40 GHC; Regular – 20 GHC ; Couple: 30 GHC (admits 2)
For more information about the movie you can visit: www.number1fanthemovie.com
Story by: David Apinga/xfmnewscenter.com
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