Nollywood filmmaker/actress, Genevieve Nnaji has narrated how difficult it was to produce the ‘LionHeart’ movie.
Speaking in a recent interview, Genevieve stated playing a double role by directing and acting was difficult and very challenging.
“I believe the right story and intent called for it,” she says. “I was ready to become a storyteller beyond portraying a singular character. The only way to fully share the vision I had was getting behind the camera lens, and I look forward to sharing more.”
“As an actor, you get on set at your call time and leave when you wrap your shoot for the day. As a director, you are first in and last out. I had to stay up long enough to go through the rushes of the day as well as plan out the scenes for next day’s shoot. It was difficult and very challenging, but with sheer determination and tenacity, as well as a very efficient crew, Lionheart was made,” she disclosed.
‘Lion Heart’ captures the challenges of a female in a male-dominated industry. It tells the story of Adaeze, a young lady who steps up to the challenge when her father, Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues.
It featured Genevieve Nnaji, Peter Okoye, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu—and it was first screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival after Netflix acquired the movie.
Genevieve disclosed that the idea of Lionheart came from her “desire and hunger to shed light, and to speak the truth of what it’s like to be a young [woman] trying to make it in a world that is dominated by men.”
”It was equally important to me that the movie was light-hearted and warm, so the environment in which it was told was crucial as well,” she added.
Source: Ghanamusicbank.com/Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku