Zim film director sets London alight

HARARE - Zimbabwean film director/producer Daniel Ndlara Robson, who recently launched a big-budget movie called Broken Cross which features top Nollywood (Nigeria) and Ghallywood (Ghana) actors, wants his homeland to be an African film powerhouse.

The Gutu-born Robson, who is relatively unknown in Zimbabwe despite commanding a lot of respect in the African film community in London, told the Daily News that he is keen to be involved in efforts to boost the local film industry.

“My wish is to see more Zollywood (Zimbabwean films) in the same platform as Nollywood and Ghallywood because these are Africans who have proved to the world that they can make their own thriving film industry,” said the 35-year-old Robson.

Robson, a former Guni Primary School and Mkoba High 1 School student, said he has already begun the process of developing a script for a film which will feature Zimbabweans.

“It will feature one of the most successful Zimbabwean actresses Samantha Mahlangu who has worked in the United Kingdom (UK) mainstream film industry and is currently working with London Nollywood,” he said.

“I have in the past tried to work with fellow Zimbabwean filmmakers in the UK like GMC Pictures and Zollywood but failure to secure funding was the stumbling block.”

The London-based film maker has urged the Zimbabwean government to help the local film industry fulfil its economic potential.

“Nigeria has set that example already with reports showing that their film and music industries now contribute significantly to that country’s economy.

“Zimbabwe needs to start to create good platforms for artists and make funds and resources available to enable them to produce internationally-recognised music and films,” he said.

Robson, the founder and chief executive officer of Star Galaxy Media and owner of a music label called KD Production, is confident that his just-released movie, Broken Cross, will put much-needed spotlight on Zimbabwean films.

“Broken Cross is already generating very high buzz and huge interest from the general public and the media,” said the ambitious Zimbabwean filmmaker

Robson explained that his movie is about the challenges faced by African families which result from family breakdowns.

Comments (2)

Zollywood, cant we find a better name. Zollywood? This undermines the hard works of some film makers. Dont promote that rubbish name please. And please dont set the bar on Nigerian movies. thats not an industry full of creativity.

Mtombeni - 1 December 2014

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