THEREAFTER – The Movie: review of a British African sure winner

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THEREAFTER - The Movie - Review Feature

We all have neuroses; little tics that we pick up as a result of our childhood. Some of them happy, others, defence mechanisms. Sometimes, these experiences inform our life decisions. They harden and make up our personality. It is this condition – adult patterns borne of childhood trauma – that the film THEREAFTER – The Movie treats with sympathy and panache.

THEREAFTER – The Movie is the story of four very women who have one ugly secret in their past that affects them all in different ways. Born to a philandering, abusive father, they are all dealing with the upcoming anniversary of his death in different ways.

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June (acted by the delectable Weruche Opia!) is a successful motivational speaker who talks the talk but can’t walk the walk to her father’s final resting place.

Layla (a believable and heart wrenching Lola May) can’t do right for doing wrong. Time and again, she picks abusive partner after abusive partner, wise enough to discern the reasons for her faulty choices, but not strong enough to act differently.

Amanda and Bukky (played by Yvonne Hays and Christianah Uzoukwu respectively) grew up as sisters but with different memories of their departed father. Will their love for each other overcome their different views of their father? Should one speak ill of the dead?

It seems almost impossible to believe that this is the first production for the trio at the helm of this film – Yvonne Hays, Christianah Uzoukwu and Judith Okwuba. The work is stellar and the proof of the pudding is in the eating as THEREAFTER has been selected to be screened at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival, has also been selected for the Cape Town International Film Market Festival, and is now a semi-finalist in the Sydney Indie Film Festival. This is no small feat for seasoned producers and directors, never mind visionaries fairly new to our screens.

THEREAFTER - The Movie - Zimbabwe International Film Festival Harare 2017

THEREAFTER - The Movie - Sydney Indie Film Festival 2017

THEREAFTER - The Movie - Cape Town International Film Market and Festival 2017

I have to say we really like this one. It is a moving, intense, short film by Yinka Idowu, with a captivating story by the whip-smart Yvonne Hays, and written by Abbey Idowu.  The finished result is what happens when talent meets talent.

THEREAFTER - The Movie

I’m constantly cheered by the leaps and bounds that Nigerian film has come, and this piece is no exception. Nigerian drama and acting at its very best. The story is tight, the direction and shooting is superb, the cast superbly picked.

I certainly hope to see more productions along this line. A triumph!

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