After years of writing, researching and interviewing filmmakers and others professionals in the film industry In Africa, the U.K. and North America, British film programmer Nadia Denton's new book "The Nigerian Filmmakers’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood," is set to be released on Sept. 20th through Amazon and other sources, and will be available on Kindle as well.
The followup to her previous successful book, "The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide of Success," the comprehensive 450-page book will be a ground-breaking reference manual for Africa’s most dynamic film industry. According to Ms Denton: "the Nigerian film industry is certainly gonna get 'shook' up when this book comes out!"
According to the official press release, the book will "chart the emergence of a new wave of Nigerian audio-visual content - spanning indie films, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos and diaspora films. It features 78 exclusive interviews with Nigerian filmmakers and industry professionals, offering advice in the key areas of finance, development, marketing, exhibition and distribution from a Nigerian cultural perspective."
And among the filmmakers and film professionals that have made contributions to the book are, the director of "Half of a Yellow Sun," Biyi Bandele; Nollywood directors Tchidi Chikere and Obi Emelonye; Hausa academics Prof. Dr. Abdalla Uba Adamu and Dr. Ladi Sandra Adamu; Sesan Ogunro, director of the D’banj "Oliver Twist" video which features Kanye West; Cameron Bailey of the Toronto International Film Festival; and Michelle Bello, the director of "Flower Girl," winner of the 2013 Africa Magic Trailblazer Award, and the first Nigerian woman to have a feature film theatrically released in the UK.
In addition, as I have previously reported (HERE) to celebrate her new book, BFI Southbank in London will host a "Beyond Nollywood" event, screening a selection of Nigerian films, and will include a discussion with Nigerian film directors, like the documentary filmmaker Joel Benson, who will also be present to discuss his co-directed work "J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Master Photographer" (pictured above), and film studies academics from. The event will take place from Saturday the 20th - Sunday the 21st of September, 2014.
It will form part of "African Odysseys," which is BFI Southbank’s monthly focus on film by and about people of African descent.
And to further celebrate the upcoming release of the book, film director Ben Peters has put together a pretty stunning trailer comprised of scenes from films by Nigerian directors, that should definitely whet your appetite.