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Nigerian Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan Eyeing Cannes Premiere For His 1960s-Set Thriller 'October 1'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 5, 2014 2:23 PM
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October 1

Here's a new Smart Monkey TV interview with Nigerian producer-director-actor, Kunle Afolayan, discussing his release strategy for his upcoming crime drama, currently in post-production, titled October 1 (also the official date Nigeria declared its independence from the UK in 1960).

Produced by his Golden Effects production company, the film is set in 1960, against the backdrop of Nigeria's independence, and is said to be of the serial killer genre.

Written by Tunde Babalola, here's how it's described:

... a psychological thriller detailing the activities of a northern police detective, Dan Waziri who was posted to the western region to unravel the mystery behind a series of female murders in the community. He soon discovers that the prime suspect is Aderopo, the prince of the community. Waziri, however does not have plenty of time as he is expected to bring the Prince to book before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1.

October 1 stars Sadiq DabaKehinde BankoleDavid BailieKayode OlaiyaNick RhysFabian Lojede, and Demola Adedoyin.

Afolayan's last film, the romantic-comedy Phone Swap, a film we covered, screened internationally, in 2012, and is available via digital platforms currently.

And the film he made before that, the thriller, Araromire (The Figurine), is now available for streaming on line on Ndani.TV, which is, in short, an online video streaming website that features primarily Nollywood cinema - or what the founders call "the best of New Nollywood as well as the classics."

Check out the interview below, in which Afolayan shares his hopes for a Cannes Film Festival premiere for the film, emphasizing that, despite lowly international regard for Nollywood or Nigerian cinema his latest effort, October 1, bucks trends, and, with a $2 million budget (unheard of in Nollywood cinema), has all the necessary traits of a film that can compete on the international film stage, specifically at an acclaimed festival like Cannes. He also talks about his struggles in getting a general release for his last film, Phone Swap, outside of Nigeria, despite festival play around the globe, as well as general struggles in getting films made in Nigeria.

It's well worth a listen.

And underneath you'll find the film's full trailer, and a poster:



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