The London premiere of My Husband Must Stay is set to take place at Odeon Greenwich Cinema on November 9th 2018. We had the privilege to interview the producer, Vera B-Pride to find out more about her acting/producer journey.
Read our exclusive interview with Vera B-Pride, an actress and filmmaker to watch out.
VERA B- PRIDE (ACTRESS & FILM PRODUCER)
Hello, Vera, we know you as a UK based Cameroon actress and movie producer, can you please introduce yourself the Best way you see fit?
As mentioned, I am a UK based Producer and actress from Cameroon. I have also had the privilege of winning multiple Best producer and recognition awards. Aside from having an entrepreneurial mind, I have a passion for giving back to my people and have a foundation that caters for the less- privileged.
In 2002, I made a brief appearance in the movie “I Spy” starring; Eddie Murphy. This ignited my love for acting.
After taking time off to focus on raising a family, I returned to the screens in more prominent roles. Movies such as Purity of heart (2013), and thereafter, Why Marry, Breach of Trust (2016), Sista Sista (2016) Tears of the Rich (2017) Coming to London (2017), Mama Africa, Life, Wives of London, Foreign King and the TV series ‘Maids of Docklands.
My passion for making people laugh took my impeccable comedic skills to the big screen in 2017 with the movie ‘My husband Must Stay‘. The movie starres myself alongside Nollywood greats like Uche Oduputa, Kenneth Okolie and Victoria Inyama.
I currently have a few other films in post-production slated for release in 2018 and 2019.
When did you decide to become an actress and how long have you been Producing your own movie?
After the opportunity I had in 2002, I made up my mind to pursue my passion for acting and creation of motion pictures. I wrote my first comedy script in 2017 and it was adopted, accepted and sent into production, which has now set the scene for many more productions to come.
You have a new movie premiering at Odeon Cinema on the 9th of November.
Yes, my first ever production is premiering at the Odeon IMAX in Greenwich London, I am super excited.
Can you briefly tell us the synopsis of this movie and what the movie is all about? My husband must stay is a thrilling love story.
A couple who love themselves so much in spite of their educational Background. Philo who was uneducated and rich was in love with Sony who was poor but educated. Family members, friends and colleagues were against their relationship but they fought for what they feel for each other and ended up together. My husband must stay is a movie which shows and empower us to fight for what is right notwithstanding what people feel or say about it.
What inspired you to write and produce this story?
The inspiration springs from my love of laughter, making people laugh and creating a blissful environment for people to duel in. Comedy has always been a source of healing for me and possessing this talent and being able to give back by means of creating what will make people de-stress. To me is more than a blessing.
From the trailer of ‘My Husband Must Stay’, It looks like you brought Africa to the UK with some beautiful African attires worn by actors. Also, the setting of some Scenes looks African, tell us more about how this came to be.
I am African through and through and mother Africa itself is a source of inspiration to me. Everything I know and have become can be traced back to Africa. Thus if this aspect are not represented in my works in the best way possible, then I am incomplete.
What are the challenges you faced during the production of ‘My Husband Must Stay’?
Well, some of them are personal but I will say producing a movie was harder than I had anticipated mentally. But as you know, with every challenge faced and dealt with coherently, you emerge stronger
Can you also list some of the best moments during the production and making of the movie?
Best moments were getting acquainted and truly understanding my amazing cast and seeing the passion they have for the project. Also sailing through the challenges daily, gave me great eagerness.
You worked with Nelson Spyk, a popular London based Nollywood filmmaker and director on this movie, what was it like working with him?
I have worked with him before in other capacities, so that made our connecting to each other much easier. Above all, he is a great guy to work with.
What should movie lovers expect from this movie?
Adrenaline rush, plenty of laughter, excitement and great talent
You’re very popular in the London film industry, can you please list some of the movies you have featured in. Which one was your best to date and why?
Purity of heart (2013)
Breach of Trust (2016)
Sista Sista (2016)
Tears of the Rich (2017)
Coming to London (2017)
Mama Africa and the TV series
‘Maids of Docklands and
‘My husband Must Stay'(2017)
‘My husband Must Stay’ remains the best because it was my own production and the effort and commitment level employed myself made it the more exciting.
You worked with some popular Nollywood actors in this movie, why them and was it difficult casting the right actors?
Because I have watched them perform in similar roles before and they were absolute aces. I give it up to those guys. Casting the right actors was not difficult, but the difficulty was getting them on board the project. I wanted the best in the industry and best does not come easy.
Tell us more about the London Premiere of ‘My Husband Must Stay’, what should film lovers expect on the premiere day?
They should expect a lot of surprises especially from watching the movie itself. However surprises should represent the word, so I do not want to spoil it for them.
How can one purchase tickets? Will tickets be sold at the door?
There are numbers on the flyers to call and also I can provide bank details for direct transfers. The best method to purchase is direct contacts to my humble self. I am more than glad to speak to movie lovers regarding the event and to offer some degree of personal experience.
What time does the premiere start? Is there an after party?
Interviews, red carpet, networking, meet the cast we start exactly at 9 to10 The Movie will start at 10:00 pm Prompt. Yes, there is definitely an Afterparty.
And finally the last question, what do you hope to achieve at the London Premiere of your latest movie ‘My Husband Must Stay?
Human creativity drives us forward as a species. It’s this unique ability to harness thoughts and ideas that have produced great and mighty unimaginable works. Creative works amount to nothing if people cannot live in the experience. As mentioned earlier, my greatest desire is to make people chuckle, so come and enjoy a comedy night of laughter on the 9th of November.
Thank you so much for the great opportunity to interview you. It’s been a delight.
Congratulations once again Vera, you had come a long way and we look forward to capturing and documenting your film debut as a producer on the 9th of November.
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