Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Website 'Withoutabox' Crashes Under Deluge of HBO Access Writing Submissions Website 'Withoutabox' Crashes Under Deluge of HBO Access Writing Submissions Taraji P. Henson Named 2015 American Black Film Festival Celebrity Ambassador Taraji P. Henson Named 2015 American Black Film Festival Celebrity Ambassador Erykah Badu Joins Andre Royo & Emayatzy Corinealdi in Amazon Original Series 'Hand of God' Erykah Badu Joins Andre Royo & Emayatzy Corinealdi in Amazon Original Series 'Hand of God' Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to Shut Down in December (But is It a Good Thing?) Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to Shut Down in December (But is It a Good Thing?) Steve McQueen Is Directing a Music Video for Kanye West's Latest Single 'All Day' Steve McQueen Is Directing a Music Video for Kanye West's Latest Single 'All Day' If You've Been Waiting for It to Get There, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Is Now Streaming on Netflix If You've Been Waiting for It to Get There, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Is Now Streaming on Netflix Wesley Snipes Inks First-Look Development Deal with Sony Pictures Television Wesley Snipes Inks First-Look Development Deal with Sony Pictures Television 2016 Oscar Outlook - 15 Black Actors, Actresses, Directors, Films That May Be in Contention Next Year 2016 Oscar Outlook - 15 Black Actors, Actresses, Directors, Films That May Be in Contention Next Year Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

UK & USA Rights To Nigerian Kunle Afolayan's Rom-Com 'Phone Swap' Acquired By OHTV

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 27, 2012 at 11:45AM

Rehashing Emmanuel's March 23rd post on the project, when it was announced that it would be seeing theatrical releases in Nigeria and Ghana...
0
PhoneSwap

Rehashing Emmanuel's March 23rd post on the project, when it was announced that it would be seeing theatrical releases in Nigeria and Ghana...

Director Kunle Afolayan's romantic-comedy Phone Swap, stars Nigerian-British stage/film vet Wale Ojo (Meet The Adebanjos) and the very lovely Nse Ikpe-Etim (Guilty Pleasures) in the lead roles.

The synopsis for Phone Swap reads:

Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical Blackberry phones.  This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination.  Consequently, Akin ends up traveling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akin’s case). As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone.
But it’s not as easy as they both think as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environment and situation.  Mary has to walk in Akin's shoes and represent him in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her family meeting. This they do with hilarious results…

Following its release in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Uyo in Nigeria on March 30, the film was then opened in Accra, Ghana on April 5.

Today, I received word that UK and USA distribution rights for Phone Swap have been acquired by London-based OHTV for both UK and USA release, with a UK released planned for next month; no word on when a USA release can be expected.

OHTV is an international TV network providing contemporary entertainment, reflecting the black experience worldwide. Based in London England, the OHTV Network comprises of OH UK & Europe (broadcast via Sky Channel 199), OH USA (broadcast via the OH Box, an IPTV player) and OH Africa (broadcast via satellite Eutelsat W4).

This looks like a subscription only TV service, so, we're not talking about a theatrical release of the film. 

I wonder if iRokoTV will, at some point, get its hands on the film. It's far more accessible than OH Box is at the moment, which means, more opportunities for interested audiences in the USA to see the film that has drawn lots of positive attention since its debut.

Director Afolayan is already on to the next one - an international collaboration (the first for Afolayan) titled Dead Alive

In a recent interview, Afolayan broke the news about this new project, adding that it'll be something totally different from anything he's ever done, as he collabs, for the first time, with producers and production companies from outside Nigeria, as well as an international cast of actors.

He added that he thinks it's the film that will get him "there" - "there" being, a film that can compete on the international cinema stage, and that, as he boldly claimed, could get Oscar nominations.

We'll of course continue to keep our antennae up for both Phone Swap's release, as well as Dead Alive developments.

Two looks at Phone Swap follow below:

This article is related to: Kunle Afolayan


Shadow & ActNewsletter