Scheduled to premiere in Lagos, Abuja, South Africa, Kenya and in West-London, New York and Houston Texas, ‘A Place in the Stars’ is set to contribute positively to the Nollywood discuss globally. This thriller by Steve Gukas; award winning director of ‘Keeping Faith’ and producer of ‘Namibia: Struggle For Liberation’ has all the trappings of a quality independent movie.
Estimated to have cost slightly over N162 million ($1 million) is set in 2006 Nigeria, telling the story of Kim Dakim, a young lawyer who gets a client with a case that leaves him conflicted. Written by Ita Hozaife and J.K Amalou, ‘A Place in the Stars’ is a riveting account of drug trafficking; it focuses on how fake and adulterated medical drugs are being traded for billions of dollars – dangerous men willing to kill to protect this money and a young man with a nagging conscience sworn to get rich or die trying in a very corrupt country. How far is he willing to go?
The movie said to have taken five years to produce largely due to funding and Steve’s attention to details might be inked by historians with a few first. Attention paid to sound; score and soundtrack in this movie cannot be under emphasized. Steve turned to renowned composer George Kallis for the film score, recorded with a 90-piece Orchestra in Budapest, Hungary, which is ground-breaking for a Nigerian movie to say the least. For the soundtrack he turned to award winning Chocolate City artiste, Jeremiah Gyang who did a brilliant work with it.
Steve said, “Music and expression of it as a cast of emotions, is a very strong part of the film, because it’s memorable and underscores the movie’s narrative. I didn’t want coloured music but universal. That’s why I turned to George Kallis. At all levels it never rose above the film. It was uplifting what I was hearing and he was able to achieve universally appealing sound.”
‘A Place in the Stars’ features some of the best actors locally and internationally; the likes of award winning actor, Segun Arinze who is often identified for playing the role of a villain. Also starring in the movie are, Gideon Eche-Okeke, Dejumo Lewis, Yemi Blaq, Femi Branch, Matilda Obaseki, Julian Mcdowell, Armajit Deu and Amaka Mgbor.
Inspired by the late NAFDAC boss, Dora Akunyili, A Place in the Stars was produced by Native Filmworks Limited.
Movie Trailer; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4hS2AiqUYU
George Kallis film score; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7QlldpGCCw