Genevieve Nnaji has been interviewed by CNN’s Richard Quest after her first movie, Lionheart, as a director was bought by Netflix, making it the very first original Nigerian movie to be acquired by the movie sharing platform.
On the eve of the premiere of Genevieve’s Nnaji’s directorial debut film, ”Lion Heart” at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, movie sharing platform Netflix announced a deal to acquire the movie on its channel.
This made ”Lion Heart” the first original film from Nigeria to be owned by the American movie streaming platform.
Speaking with Richard Quest on Tuesday night, Genevieve discussed how she was able to gather funds for the production of the movie and the chances of Nollywood gaining global acceptance.
On how she was able to put the movie together:
“For money, we had to self-fund unfortunately, she says, we don’t have adequate funding for movies that we actually intend to go global, there isn’t that provision yet.”
She also explained that Nollywood stands a good chance of going global anytime soon, but she sees language as the only problem that stands as a barrier.
Lion Heart premiered at the TIFF Festival 2018 on Saturday, September 2018.
The comic film by Genevieve Nnaji titled ”Lionheart”
Lionheart captures the challenges of a female in a male-dominated industry.
It is a story of Adaeze, a young lady who steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues.
She works with her crude and eccentric brother to save the family business in dire financial straits resulting in crazy and often hilarious results.
Genevieve Nnaji stars with a solid line up that features Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, and Onyeka Onwenu in the movie.