Sparrow Productions under the directorship of Shirley Frimpong Manso have recently produced another distinct and amazing Ghanaian Movie called the Perfect Picture. Starring in this amazing Romantic Comedy are Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, Naa Asorkor mensah-Doku, Adjety Annang, Nana Kwame Osei Sarpong with Chris Attoh and introducing Kwaku Sintin – Misa.
This well written romantic comedy has been widely received and captioned as one of the best movies coming from Ghana after its success in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Accra and London. The film is akin to Peter Heller’s Brown sugar in which three attractive women hitting their thirty try to change their lives for the better. The film sets out to unfold their pursuit for love and tests their friendship. The beautiful scenes were shot in one of the most beautiful places in Ghana(Takoradi).
However, can we really think of this movie as a perfect picture and one that stands tall in the Ghanaian Movie Industry when all it does is to replace our culture with that of others? It is cheerless when we disregard our culture and tussle hard with our own ego to portray ourselves as British or Americans. This is exactly what the Perfect Picture does.
Let us be comfortable in our skin and showcase the factual life style of the ordinary Ghanaian as it is in our Movies. When our story is told in the right way and true language (accent) without diluting it with any uptight “Britishness” to a satisfactory audience, then we can boost of substantial success and break through.
What happened to the dominant Ghanaian settings or way of life? Couldn’t we have told this story in our real landscape surrounded by the trees, gutters, hawkers, trotros among others (the good and the bad) and still achieve the same success? We have seen enough of the Transaco Valley Mansions. Ebei!! How many of Ghanaians live under such conditions?
Undoubtedly, it has seen a greater success but this has been done under a massive deception. Lets be the Ghanaians we are in our movies and people would still buy us the way we are when we tell our story as it actually prevails. Indeed, this is not a Perfect Picture at all, it is a Wrong Picture.
By Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri(Columnist,Ghanacelebrities.com)