MEDIA FRENZY GREETS UNWANTED GUEST
Friday September 09, 2011
Several minutes after the press screening of the movie, Unwanted Guest, at Ozone Cinemas had come to a close; media representatives at the venue remained engrossed in heated discussions and projections of differing view points over several elements of the movie - from the cast, to the plot; to the unending suspense that punctuated every facet of the movie.
Moments after, they were joined by the MD/CEO, Blue Pictures, Joy Ilibeno, as well as popular Nollywood director, Daniel Ademinokan, who equally directed the movie, which was shot in the United States.
The dark-skinned director reiterated the fact that the Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood had clearly expanded beyond the shores of the country as made visible in the influx of movies shot outside the country with the involvement of Nigerians either in the capacity of producers, directors, DOPs, actors and so many more. 'I trained in America as a film maker so, it is not a new terrain. Shooting a movie in New York, in Central Manhattan was a big one for me. I was particular about telling a good Nigerian story in America.
The story of 'Unwanted Guest' as told by the producer, Chuck Ajoku
It's a movie that is based on a true story. It's the story of a guy, who got caught in a love triangle. He had a wife in Nigeria who was waiting to join him in the United States. Meanwhile, the guy was busy - just like most men would do; having a relationship with another girl in the United States for a period of about three to four years.
Fortunately for his wife and unfortunately for him, the wife won a Green Card Lottery and decided to pay him a visit on his birthday unannounced without knowing that the American girl, who almost stays with him was planning a big birthday for him on the same day and was going to use that opportunity to announce to him that she was carrying his baby.
Imagine what would happen when he got up at 8am and got a call. It shows a New York number, he picked it and it was his wife, calling from JFK Airport. I'll let u guys see the rest of the movie and see exactly how it ended,' he said.
Katung of 'Big Brother Nigeria' was Associate Producer and also director of the movie. The movie featured Chet Anekwe of the Phat Girls fame as the lead character, Sophy Aiida, Vivian, among many other American actors and actresses.