Ama K Abebrese
The nomination of film ‘Beasts of No Nation’ and its victory at the Ghana Movie Awards 2015 has made the organisers receive a lot of criticism from the entertainers from the film industry and the public.
Actor Prince David Osei and Eddie Nartey insulted the founder of the awards scheme, Fred Nuamah because they thought the film did not qualify because it was an International film.
Actress Ama K. Abebrese has supported the statement by her colleagues in an interview.
“It’s funny how I called it a low budget international movie when we were shooting. That was exactly what it was. When we were shooting for the film, Netflix were not involved, and I think Netflix purchased the film at the time of editing. I know there were few Ghanaian film producers involved in the film production, like Idris Elba was one of the producers,” she said.
Abebrese, who played the mother of lead character Agu , added that there were almost ten producers from different countries for the film.
Ama K’s character was disunited from her family as a result of war in an unnamed African Country in the film.
“I’d consider it a low budget international film with Ghanaian producers, with producers from Europe and America. It was a nice blend. I think yes. Would I consider it an entirely Ghanaian film? No, even the cast was from several different countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone.” She added.
Abraham Attah played the lead role of Agu, who is separated from his family in civil war and is forced to become a child soldier and join a unit of mercenary fighters.
Attah bagged Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015. For his role in the film, he also won ‘Rising Star Award’ at the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). The award scheme considered Attah’s role as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and stated that he has a very bright future ahead of him”.
Idris Elba was seen in the role of commander of the mercenary unit. He won Male Actor in a Supporting Role award for his role in the film at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last weekend.
The movie based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala, the film was shot in Ghana and also stars Fred Amugi and Grace Norty. It was directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga, and is the first fictional movie produced and distributed by Netflix.
The movie was released in Ghana last year. Before that, on October 16, it premiered on Netflix and in few cinemas in The United States of America.
It was also screened at some famous film festivals including Venice, BFI London and Toronto International Film Festival.
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