Cary Fukunaga’s critically acclaimed movie adaptation Beasts of No Nation which was filmed in Ghana and stars one of the countries own, Abraham Attah, alongside Luther actor Idris Elba is currently causing a stir in Ghana’s movie industry.
According to Ghana Web, the movie has been submitted for consideration at the 2015 Ghanaian Movie Awards and this isn’t going down well with a number of people including Ghanaian actress and producer Yvonne Nelson who has voiced her concerns over the movies illegibility. The actress has had this to say about the movie and it’s recent submission – “It’s not fair to all of us if they submit that movie because it is not a Ghanaian production. The fact that it was shot in Ghana, doesn’t make it a Ghanaian production. So I won’t agree to that. If we are trying to promote our own, why will we go for a foreign production? You cannot compare a Hollywood production to a Ghanaian movie. The budgets are totally different”.
While Beasts of No Nation is a lovely movie and would go on to get nominated for different awards and ultimately win some, the Ghana Movie Awards might not be one of those places as the movie does not seem to qualify to be called a Ghanaian Movie and making it one will only automatically make Mad Max Fury Road eligible for an Namibian movie award or South African Movie Award as it was filmed there.
The Ghana Movie Awards is slated for December 30, so that’s just some few weeks before we know what the Ghanaian Movie Awards board decided to do. In the meantime let’s know what you think about the movies submission for the awards.