#Ghana #Film: A Northern Affair

Film: A Northern Affair


Starring: John Dumelo, Joselyn Dumas, Jon Germain

Review: Rumour has it John and Joselyn are dating making JoDum2. Now I’m not one to delve into the private relationships of people who are not related to me but I can see from this film how those rumours were fueled. You know with our people we struggle to accept that what we see on the silverscreen is make-believe and matters are not made any better when John Dumelo tells journalists that he and Joselyn could continue kissing long after the scene had ended. What is great though is that, real or not, the two definitely have an organic chemistry in the film. It works. It just works. The length of film is perfect, not too long, I no longer need to book out my whole day to dedicate to watching one melodramatic African movie. The locations were enchanting. Me and my family struggled to believe that the film could possibly be filmed in Ghana (if it wasn’t please let me know).

There were, however, a few questions to be asked…

1. Who enters into a contract like that? That is not a pre-nup…

2. Could she not have utilised the services of a sugar daddy or two to raise the money?

3. Her being a nurse could she not  have thought of some way to kill Jon Germain’s character?

4. In Esaba’s first entry into the village clinic she discards all regard for health and safety and begins treating people and handling needles with no gloves or other sanitising activities….

5. Somehow after sleeping with the doctor, memory of core health and safety procedures return. Hallelujah!

6. Esaba, being 15 when her parents died didn’t get to know them… erm… what was she doing for the first 15 years of her life then?

I ask these question simply because I loved the film too much, of course!

The Cinematography is A-class that is certain. A testament to Leila’s American training. There were moments when it had the feel of FrancAfrique film and other moments when it felt more like a BBC-sponsored Southern African drama, we are yet to find our signature, our autograph on African cinema. Yet, what is clear is that it is not Nollywood and should never be confused as such. The handwriting of Nollywood and of this are world’s apart even with the improvement in picture quality of Nollywood filming.

This is a good thing. It means there’s a chance for our actors to really come into their own, they might choose a Nollywood script one day and pay the bills and choose a Leila Djansi film the next for the love of the art. African film need not be lumped into one genre and Ghanaian film need not be lost in the industry of its neighbour.

I’m rating it 8/10


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