On Wednesday 17th October 2012, the world famous Empire Cinema in Leicester Square will witness a unique collaboration of a Nigerian/British production with the world premiere of the much anticipated movie ‘AMINA’, a psychological human drama featuring Nollywood megastars OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE and VAN VICKER alongside top British movie stars WIL JOHNSON, VINCENT REGAN and ALISON CARROLL aka Lara Croft.
“Nollywood on the Next Level”
Nigerian cinema – popularly known as ‘Nollywood’ is Africa’s largest movie industry both in value and the number of movies produced per year with millions of fans worldwide. Films made by experienced Nigerians living in the UK now represent a valuable addition to both the UK and Nigerian movie industries.
AMINA can be best described as a British film with Nollywood sensibilities. Written, produced and directed by CHRISTIAN ASHAIKU, an innovative Nigerian born London based filmmaker; AMINA tells a deeply emotional and dramatic story dealing with the themes of love, loss and redemption. Told in flashback, AMINA is about the life of a gifted young woman (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) who, devastated by a series of life changing events suffers a total breakdown and finds herself incarcerated in a mental hospital. Only one person can help Amina, her doctor (Wil Johnson), but he must overcome his own demons before he can help Amina confront her past.
Shot completely on location in London and at St Ann’s Hospital in north London AMINA is being described by UK industry insiders as possessing real crossover potential and a film that can elevate and redefine Nollywood to become more widely recognized within mainstream cinema. AMINA is the first British movie starring Nollywood’s most bankable actress and Ghana’s biggest male star.
“It’s my hope that AMINA will highlight the co-production opportunities and benefits between the UK and Africa” Christian Ashaiku said in a statement.
Wil Johnson, lead actor and co-producer of AMINA said; “I am thrilled to be part of this production. I believe this story will resonate strongly with British African-Caribbean audiences and beyond. I hope that Amina will cross over and connect with audiences all over the world, because of its universal themes.”
AMINA is a production of AOC COMMUNICATIONS in conjunction with AFRICAN FILM TOURS, two unique London based media companies which together have a mission to produce inspirational commercial feature films and at the same time contribute to the development of exhibition of world cinema for a global audience.
The premiere of AMINA will play host to a line-up of UK industry professionals, Nollywood stars and politicians from across the globe, media & medical executives and many more.
An exclusive After Party will feature special performances from top UK rapper SWAY and lead actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde performing the title track ‘I HOPE’ plus Wil Johnson and exciting young songstress SIAM HURLOCK performing ‘BREAK FREE’ soon to be released from the movie soundtrack.
Amina is currently in negotiations to be released in UK cinemas after the première.
A limited amount of public tickets for the world premiere of AMINA are available and can be purchased online from http://aminamoviepremiere.
PREMIERE PARTNERS: Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, Screen Nation Media, The New Black Film Network, Talking Drum Entertainment, Empire Cinema.
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