According to an article film-maker Leila Djansi published, she spent almost half a million dollars on her movie-Sinking Sands in Ghana alone and in fact, she lost money on that production…
In the said blog post, she wrote;
“I spent, excluding marketing and finishing, almost 500,000 dollars in Ghana alone. I laid out a good amount of money for the marketing of the film. Some was spent on the marketing, Senanu Gbedawo enjoyed the rest. The theater was empty. I lost money. if I hadn’t found a buyer here in the States, I don’t know what I’d have done.”
In the same post, Leila Djansi who Socrate Sarfo has once said she was his student (apprentice) on film set threw some daggers and some landed on Socrate Sarfo’s doorsteps.
According to Leila, there is no difference between charging people for auditions and a film-maker like Socrate Sarfo and the others owning acting clubs. And if the former is unacceptable or equals to corruption, the latter should fit the same box.
The Director wrote;
“Remember, it is wrong for production companies to have acting clubs or acting schools. It is very very wrong. But, that’s what’s happening. I fail to understand the double standard of people like Socrates Safo and co. I heard sometime ago they went to stop a producer from charging for auditions. Why then you do Socrates have an acting club? What’s the difference?”
Leila Djansi have had some tough and wrong times making films in Ghana. At one point, she even announced that she will be making more films in Ghana. But for whatever reason, she had to swallow her own words and return…