A common danger in allowing projects like film productions linger is that when the finished products eventually sees the light of day, they may have continuity problems what with the loss of spontaneity.
Yet, those who have mastered the visual medium utilize surplus time to their advantage; thoroughly integrating all the key elements of brilliant storytelling, thereby creating magna opera.
That is the case with 76, made by Izu Ojukwu who is popular for directing the 5 Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) movies – Sitanda, White Waters, Cindy’s Notes, The Child and Alero’s Symphony – plus Images of Another Day, an Amaka Igwe Production and Showdown (2000), an action film, which was one of his earliest films.
76, which was in production for seven years, is set in 1976 when Nigeria’s former Head of State, the late General Murtala Mohammed, was assassinated. It combines actual events with fictional elements and tells the story of Capt. Joseph Dewa (Ramsey Nouah) whose heavily pregnant wife, Suzzy (Rita Dominic), is broken when he is accused of partaking in the coup that killed the military leader.
Ojukwu is renowned for making high quality films with acceptable technical standard whenever he works with a compelling screenplay. 76, which he co-writes with Emmanuel Okomanyi, is undoubtedly his best work yet. The story is intriguing and even some of the actors who play cameo r ...