By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 14, 2011 at 1:01AM
There hasn't been much news on this film since our last post on this several months ago. The last correspondence I received from the sales team behind it stated that they continue to negotiate release deals and dates, so it really hasn't screened very much since its worldwide debut at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last October, traveling the film festival circuit over that time period, and continuing to do so through the present.
Titled A Man's Story, and centered on charismatic Ghanaian-born Savile Row designer, Ozwald Boateng, who has outfitted men like Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Daniel Day Lewis, Don Cheadle, Forest Whitaker, Russell Crowe, Wesley Snipes, and countless others.
The film, 12 years in the making (by director Varon Bonicos who has been filming Boateng since 1998 – he opened his first Savile Row shop in 1994, at age 34), is both a professional and personal profile of Boateng, focusing on his business, his design process, and his private life.
“… hard-working and very humanly flawed, Boateng’s personal and professional triumphs and set-backs are the fascinating heart of this film which is set against a back-drop of models, movie stars and fabulous locations… Boateng is also fascinating from a sociological perspective. As a black and heterosexual man, he breaks the stereotypes of the fashion industry,” says a write-up of the film on Britfilms.com.
And on-top of suiting up the elite, Boateng has done quite a bit of wardrobe design for films you have all seen, like The Matrix, Tomorrow Never Dies, Oceans 13, and a few others.
I should also mention that Ozwald’s appreciation for cinema has inspired him to write and direct as many as 10 short films, none of which I’ve seen thus far, though I've searched for them, and none appears to be available online. But I'll continue to dig...
But if you live in or anywhere near Montreal, and you're interested in seeing the film, you should know that it'll screen next at the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which starts next week (September 22nd) and runs through October 2nd.
Tickets and passes to the festival are now on sale, so you better get yours now! The film screens on September 28th at 7PM. If any of our readers *up north* will be in attendance, let us know; your reactions/response to the film afterward would be appreciated.
It still hasn't screened anywhere in NYC, as far as I know. The film's Facebook page says there isn't one planned for any time soon, and we'll have to wait a little longer. I'm certainly very curious...
Watch the trailer below, if you haven't seen it already: