Guest Writer: Musings On The Ghana Film Industry, Is It The End Of Progress?

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Majid Michel

What is it about the Ghanaian Movie Industry today? The executives and powerbrokers (producers) claim to be taking the industry to the next level. I beg to differ, its more like a retrogression. Of late, a fan cannot watch a movie without seeing naked butts, boobs, and some other privates of these actors and actress, and they make it so distasteful when acting a love scene.

Then you ponder over these questions: Is the movie is worth watching? Do you want to send the CD back to the vendor? Or do you simply want to throw up?

The age of family oriented film is dead in Ghana, nowadays; one cannot watch a movie with parents or older people and not feel the tension building in between them. It is even increasingly difficult to boast of the prowess of our master class actors it comes to Majid Michel or John Dumelo. With the latter’s finger inserted in an actress’s privates and the former’s hairy butt naked for the world to see, you dare watch these guys with your family and see the stupid look that will turn up on your face.

Followed by the ladies, it just makes me feel disgusted as a woman to watch them engage in these acts. The insult is even more compounded as some of these actors and actresses are mediocre, when they have a dialogue it’s very clear that they are reading off an overhead or a card board.

It’s so pathetic, because to be an actor and a good actor for that matter, one has to get into character, i.e, making the audience believe in u as the character you are playing, but that is not the case with these actors, they just say words without conveying any meaning. They don’t transcend their emotions to connect to the viewers. And that is what I call BAD acting.

Another issue I have in today’s movies are the use of profanity. Whats up with the F words, the N words and all those demeaning words and phrases the screen-writers place in scripts! It’s so sad because we copy blindly, even the country that we derived all these words from, don’t use them incoherently in their movies like we do.

Like the blind leading the blind, the producers and directors seem to think that they are the “ISH”-acceptable vernacular-terms of the day. These actors also, give off these fake accents, trying to sound American or British, or probably Scandinavian. Furthermore, they speak in this Shakespearean type of language; and it makes fans unable to understand what is being said. Can you screenwriters please stick to the normal modern English language?

Then my last question pops up, what is up with the movie titles? Like Hot Fork, Who Loves Me, etc.? What in the name of titles is Hot Fork, or is it rather Hot F**k?? It’s just getting worse and deteriorated by the day.

Can we ever learn to do things with some credible originality that we can own up to? Allow me to put myself in your shoes, it is clear that until we can be responsible stewards of the Ghana film industry, we will always have to struggle, to give our best productions.

By Edna Nketiah/Guest Writer On GhanaCelebrities.Com



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  1. i soo agree with u chris, i mean this jst makes it harder 4 me to get into the industry, i never watch the hot fuck, bcus of the tittle, i do think its the beginin n we can do better, as 4 the private parts, they shld b ashmed of them self, do they think that maked u a gud actor, never

  2. Thanks Edna. very well put. I’m just getting tied of our ghanaian movies man. I’m just praying and counting on Leila and Shirley to save our industry before it’s too late. we were doing fine with shirley’s movies until “soft porn” find it’s way in. producers are so greedy and selfish and does not in anyway care about growth in our industry. They know very well that their movies will never ever ever ever win any oscar or even a ghanaian award but they don’t care as long as they are getting their cash they are satisfied and will always settle for anything cheap. I read one producer found a girl on the street and called her to do a movie for him. mind you this lady has no acting background whatsoever but she’s about to come on our screen to increase the number of talentless actors we already have. I’m like what? ghanafuo paa de3. 3y3 as3m oo. That’s the reason why our industry has a lot of actors, producers, and directors with no education or talent. Most of our actors have no acting background whatsoever but yet they are on our screen polluting it each day all in the name of acting (my behind). How can you get up one day and decided to do movies when you know damn well that you have no educaton on how to do movies whatsoever?. Until these producers starts to have our industry at heart we will see no big progress. we will continue to watch the oscars from our living rooms as usual. All these irresponsible no talent having producers, care about is their pocket with their ugly faces(excuse me, im pissed). When u watch our actors you only see a few real talents the rest are sankwas(can’t act to save their lives). how can you put a sex scene in a movie where there’s no relation. are you kidding me? There are not too many GH movies I can look at and be proud of to say that “this movie came from my homeland”. some of our movies are so dramatic and stupidly done that it just turns me off and all of a sudden I get irritated. Our industry needs 1. we need reall talent on our screen 2. we need actors, directors and producers with at least 3 years of education in acting. 3. we need responsible, driven, determined, passionate, classy people in our movie industry. These producers must learn how to do movies with love and passion. most of our movies are done with no love or even the intent of educating the public or inspiring the public. how is “hot folk” educating, inspiring, or entertaining the public? only a careless untalented, unclassy producer will name a movie “hot folk”. We need more education, talent and less trash in our industry because that’s the only way we can progress. once again, thanks Edna.

  3. for me it stupid to watch ghanaian movies this days.i better watch chanise movies then watching ghana movies or nigeria movies

  4. It’s good 2 know dat some people agree with me on dis issue.The problem is dat these people think they’re going international with these mediocre movies.They don’t even care about how to sustain the industry.I feel so sorry 4 them cos very soon people will get tired of their same story porn style drama they call movies and return 2 the other woods. Dat’s a nice write up Edna,Keep it up.

  5. Thanks Edna!!! Wisely spoken!! I’m tired of these Ghanaian movies especially Abdul Salam Mumuni, Frank Arase Rajah of Venus Film and Socrate Sarfo’s productions. These people have no respect for we the viewers. It’s sickens me to see venus film and socrate sarfo production. It’s absolutely pointless to watch their movies, a total waste of time.

    The titles of their movies are ridiculous: i.e, adults only, hot f**k, chelsea, and all the other useless ones out there.

    Example of the BAD acting comes from Van Vicker and Juliet Ibrahim………please learn to “make the audience believe in u as the character you are playing, but that is not the case with these actors, they just say words without conveying any meaning. They don’t transcend their emotions to connect to the viewers”. I don’t think the writers/producers/directors/actors are listening because we’ve been complaining for so long and they seem to be always bringing us the same ole nonsense. Thanks Edna and GC for posting this brilliant write-up!!!!!!!

  6. And for goodness sake, WHY RICE RICE RICE JOLOFF, RICE PILAF and MORE RICE for all the meals to signify “class” in the films.

    I mean dang, we all know culturally the foods that are considered rich people food yet they are afraid to show it. I mean they don’t have to eat with thier hands but dang, at least show case it in some way OKAY