Ghanaian actor Peter Ritchie in an exclusive interview with Shine Publications yesterday in Accra praised Ghanaian films ‘Azali’ and ‘95’ for their originality and true depiction of some issues in the Ghanaian society. He added that both films have the potential of making it to the Oscars in future editions of the international film awards. He described the movie ‘95’ which is set to premiere this Saturday at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Head Office building, as a ‘game changer’ citing the shaving of his beard to play a role as his commitment to the film.
“These are the kind of stories the Oscars are looking for. I did a lot of work on ‘Azali’ and so I know the impact ‘Azali’ is putting out there and what it can do if it gets to the Oscars just like the movie ‘95”. I always say that when it comes to the glamorous stories, as Ghanaians, we can’t do it more than Hollywood. Both ‘95’ and ‘Azali’ are indigenous stories that can carry Ghana to the Oscars. I think for a film to make it to the Oscars, the film must be real, authentic, and must speak about Ghanaians. So, if you have such a story and you are able to carve it very well in terms of directing, angles of camera shots, picture quality, sound track, and the relevant technicalities, where can’t we go with it? He said.
The actor who has starred in many Ghanaian successful movies like ‘My Name is Ramadan’, explained why he agreed to be part of this movie. “I joined the cast of 95 mainly because of the confidence and trust I have in the director of the movie, so when I received the call to participate, I immediately agreed even though my scenes were very few in the movie. After watching one of his earlier movies, ‘Beautiful Minds’, I said to myself that if such a person wishes to add his quota to our industry then why shouldn’t I support him? I even went to the extent of totally shaving my beard in order to depict my character in the film”, he said.
‘95’ is a dramatic movie set in the 90’s in Ghana and stars Ghana Movie Awards 2018 Winner for Best Actor in a Lead Role ‘Adjetey Anang’, Ace actors Akofa Edjeani and Grace Nortey, Fiifi Coleman,Solomon Fixon Owoo, Rabby Bray and other talents. The movie will make its debut on Sarurday 27th July 2019 at the SNAP Cinema inside the head office building of the Accra Metropiltan Aswemby in Accra Central. The movie was written and directed by Kofi Kyei.
By Jerry Wonder