Nollywood Now!

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Nigeria makes more films than any other country in the world, apart from India, earning its film industry the name Nollywood.

Next month, New Cross will host Nollywood Now! The London festival of Nigerian film. The event will take place from October 6th - 12th at Deptford Town Hall.

The festival will feature six film screenings introduced by talks from industry experts including Nigerian actors, film academics and representatives from Nollywood TV broadcasting.
The film programme takes in five of the best-loved popular Nigerian films, along with the Canadian documentary Nollywood Babylon.

Phoenix Fry, creative director of Nollywood Now! said:

“I hope this festival is just the beginning of a more widespread recognition of Nollywood as a global cinema phenomenon. Ten years ago India’s popular cinema was dismissed by the mainstream, but is now a vital part of our shared culture. The dramatic and exciting films coming out of Nigeria, enjoyed by so many people here in the UK, deserve a similar place in Britain’s cultural life.”

11 comments:

1 Million Dollars said...

“I hope this festival is just the beginning of a more widespread recognition of Nollywood as a global cinema phenomenon."

First New Cross, then the world!!!! Bwaaaaaahhhaaaaaaaahhaaaaa!

Nollywood said...

I for one welcome this festival in London. I have been a Nollywood addict for a few years so hopefully, the festival will serve in converting more people LOL

Hardly Bergman said...

I'm a big fan of arthouse and world cinema but I'm afraid I just don't get Nollywood. I have had to turn off several films as they were so bad. They all seem to have very poor production values akin to a bad soap, with themes being either about religon, black magic or morality.

Headhunter said...

Sound good but Nollywood, Bollywood... Can't they think of a more original name than just switching the 1st letter of a place in LA?! it's like the "rebranding" of Holborn as "midtown". Midtown is in New York. Why do we have to try to change the name of an area of London that has stood for centuries to mimic something in America?

DJ said...

We don't. And I'm prepared to bet nobody will ever call Holborn 'Midtown', except perhaps some estate agents and/or property developers.

drakefell debaser said...

Perhaps Zimbabwe will give the world Zollywood one day.

Monkeyboy said...

Could Holland could give us "Hollywood"?

Anonymous said...

Or "Netherwood" - but that sounds like something you might get up Hilly Fields one night.

ade said...

@ Hardly Bergman - true that a lot of films are poor quality and that is probably because it is a new industry and films are being produced at a tiny fraction of the cost of Hollywood or Bollywood movies but I can recommend White Waters (which is part of the festival) for £3 it's got to be worth a try right?

Nollywood said...

Hardy Bergam your observations about Nollywood are not wrong, but if you watch some good ones you will love them. If you check out my site and click the "Watch? Most Definitely" category there are good recommendations and you will find something that you will like!

Mondee said...

@anon 29 sept 21.30, that really tickled me. So to speak.

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