London based Nollywood actress and producer Cordelia Emeh is about to premiere ‘My London Slave’. A film produced by Cordelia Emeh, written and directed by Toyin Moore, and Dwayne Joseph as DOP.
During our interview with her, she talked about discovering acting from a young age and shade more light about her latest movie ‘My London Slave‘, premiering at Odeon Cinema Greenwich next Friday, March 29th.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH
Hello Cordelia Emeh, We know you as UK based Nollywood actress, can you please introduce yourself the best way you see fit?
I am Cordelia Emeh, a dynamic and multi-talented UK based actress and now a producer.
When did you decide to become an actress and how long have you been producing your own movie?
I started my acting career as a teenager and took part in several stage plays. In 1991, I got a lead role to feature in a soap opera by the then Frontline Television Limited in Nigeria led by Dolly Esindu after an amazing audition but could not continue with the project due to family and other pressures at the time. With strong determination, I was able to get back into acting several years later when I relocated to the UK, Since 2012 I have not looked back.
I decided to become a producer in 2017 to take my career to the next level and I’m committed to promoting African Films in the diaspora.
You have a feature-length movie ‘My London Slave’ premiering at Odeon Cinema Greenwich on the 29th of March. Can you briefly tell us the synopsis of this movie and what the movie is all about?
‘My London Slave’ is a story that centres on a young lady called Ada. A graduate in the medical field who just became a doctor. One of her dreams is to marry a London “Bobo”. Luck shined on her when her bestie and childhood friend successfully introduced and matched her with her London based handsome brother. Life was set to be a dream until the nightmares started.
What inspired you to share this story with the world?
The story is based on true-life stories of various African women in the UK and we decided to share the story to the world as a caution, especially to women and also to men alike. To open people’s eyes to the different forms of abuse that couples go through in their relationships so as to take action when they notice the signs.
As a first-time movie maker, things often don’t go as planned. What are the challenges you faced during the production of ‘My London Slave?
The challenges I faced as a first-time movie producer is that of funding because it is very difficult trying to raise individual funds for a project like this.
Can you also list some of the best moments during the production and making of the movie?
The best moments are seeing the great hidden talents of different actors become reality in the making of the film.
Popular London based filmmaker, Toyin Moore directed the movie, What was it like working with her?
It is always a pleasure working with TY (As we popularly call her). I have been on a few of her productions in the past so I always enjoy working with her. My story in Nollywood will not be complete without mentioning some names and she is definitely one of them.
What should London movie lovers expect from this movie?
To every movie lover that will turn up on the 29th March 2019 to watch the movie, ‘My London Slave‘, we say you will leave the hall with a memory that will last a lifetime as this movie will blow your mind.
My London Slave features some popular faces from London Nollywood, was it difficult casting the right actors?
The writer of the story, Toyin Moore acted as the casting director so it was not too difficult casting the right people to each role because she understands the story very well.
Tell us more about the London Premiere of your debut movie, what should film lovers expect on the day of the premiere?
On the day of the premiere, there is going to be a red carpet, photographs from various photographers, interviews, an after party and above all they will enjoy an amazing movie.
How can one purchase tickets? Will tickets be sold at the door?
Tickets for the movie are available on Eventbrite (My London Slave), they can ring the producer directly and tickets can also be purchased at the door.
What time does the premiere start? Is there an after party?
My London Slave premiere will start with red carpet glam and interviews from 8.30pm and last till about 10.00pm, followed by the movie screening. After the movie, there is going to be an after party at OUR LADY OF GRACE CHURCH hall in Charlton, which is less than 10 mins from the Cinema, where guest will be entertained with all kinds of Afrobeat music with food and drinks.
And finally the last question, what do you hope to achieve after the premiere of your My London Slave?
I hope that the premiere will create the required awareness of the movie and after that, we hope to take it to Nigerian Cinemas and other platforms such as online in the UK and in Nigeria.
Thank you very much for your time Cordelia, it has been a delight finding out more about your upcoming movie. Congratulations once again on your producer debut and see you on the red carpet. My London Slave is a movie not to be missed by Nollywood film lover.
Cast and crew of My London Slave include; Daniel Lloyd, Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko , Demola Amoo, Uche Odoputa , Cordelia Emeh , Toyin Moore, DapoOpayinka , Charles Lawson Flavia Apio , Grace Echeta , Ify Chukwu , Làbáké Làbáké, Funmi Ogidan Bello , Lucien Morgan ,Bayo Adewunmi
Jacqui Shaw , Neli Kings , Gbemi Kehinde , Christiana Tome , Julia , Lucy Edako ,Nicki Moore Jenifa Alali Brown, Julia , Ayan De First and a host of others
PREMIERE DATE: March 29th 2019
Odeon cinema Greenwich.
Standard ticket £25
TIME: 8 pm
Standard: £25 & VIP s £50
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Interview by: Noellin Imoh.G
Editor of African Glitz Magazine.