Film Africa got off to a great start last night at our Opening Gala! We had a full house at Picturehouse Central cinema packed with festival goers, Friends of Film Africa, journalists, supporters, partners and friends including MsAfropolitan blogger Minna Salami, director of Things of the Aimless Wanderer Kivu Ruhorahoza, playwright Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Bazi Gete, director of Red Leaves, Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society, The Cursed Ones director and lead actor Nana Obiri Yeboah and Oris Erhuero, documentary maker Cecilia Zoppelletto of La Belle at the Movies, Styled By Africa co-founder Kiran Yoliswa, journalist and DJ Ian McQuaid, and the man the hour, Philippe Lacote.
BBC World News presenter and Chairperson of the Royal African Society Zeinab Bedawi and Andre Pienaar from the African Union Foundation greeted guests before we proceeded with the screening of Lacote’s award-winning and Canne Film Festival selected debut film Run. The gasps, laughter and suspended silence from the crowd spoke volumes of its positive reception before the loud applause during the closing credits.
During the Q&A with Lacote, moderated by Film Africa programmer Isabel Moura Mendes, he revealed to an attentive audience his journey into filmmaking, remarkably without any formal training, the inspiration behind his most memorable character in the film ‘Greedy Gladys’ and his original and fascinating practice of playing all the roles of the characters in his film in preparation for his directing.
The night ended with an after party where we all let lose with wine, canapés, and Afrobeats on the dance floor!
We would like to say a big thank you to all everyone that came, to our supporters for their support and to Picturehouse Central for having us.
Nine more days of Film Africa is before and we look forward to seeing you there!