GUN PACKED ACTION MOVIE "STRATA" TO PREMIER ON 22ND AUGUST 2014
A new feature film on love, crime, vengeance and death premieres in Nairobi on August 22, 2014. The 90-minute drama titled STRATA that shall screen for three days at Nairobi’s Alliance Francaise auditorium is directed and produced by Cajetan Boy of Et Cetera Productions. The fictional film on urban crime tells the story of a woman on a mission to make her fiancé’s killers pay for their crime. But before then, one may have to decide for oneself when a murderer is both the antagonist and the protagonist.
Though the film was completed in 2012 and should have been released in December 2013, this is the first time it is being shown to the public in Kenya.
Taking up the lead male role is Gilbert Lukalia, an experienced stage and screen actor whose film credits include THE FIRST GRADER and KIDNAPPET/Lost in Africa.
Taking up the lead female role is Veronica Waceke and Sabina Stadler.
You may know Sabina Stadler’s from Kenyan TV series such as SAINTS, THE TUSSLE, CHANGES (season 3) and CHANGING TIMES and Veronica Waceke has starred in Kenyan TV series like HIGHER LEARNING, GUY CENTRE, MAKUTANO JUNCTION and BE THE JUDGE.
Also starring in the film is producer and sound engineer Amin Vilani Elchie,
It is expected that the film will attract many viewers to the nine shows as its action is driven by a cast that is familiar on the local theatre and television scene.
Speaking about the making of this film, Cajetan Boy says that he would rank it as his real debut feature film as a director. He says STRATA is a landmark film by his Et Cetera Productions because it is the first film by the production house that is specifically written for the screen.
“All the other productions we have made at Et Cetera are adaptations from stage plays and because of this fact, I know that STRATA has certain strengths that may not be present in the other films we have made,” says Boy who specializes in scripting.
The August 22, 2014 premiere shall be followed by four shows on August 23 and another four on August 24, 2014 at the same venue.
Tickets for the premiere will go for ksh1 000 while you can get a chance to watch the rest of the 12 shows at kSh200 (adults) and Sh100 (students). Shows for students are scheduled for 11.00AM-1.30PM on both August 23 and 24. It will be accompanied by discussion on how to make high quality films on low budgets.
“The idea behind these special shows for students is to open up the mind of students because ‘small budget’ is one of the main challenges in a country like Kenya whose film sector is still not able to support itself,” Boy says.
See teaser below:
Cajetan Boy also explains that the main reason why he is going for a premiere followed immediately by eight screenings at the same venue is to attempt the Hollywood ‘box office’ model and get as many people as possible to watch the film at the designated venues. Boy says that this model could be beneficial for content producers who are worried about piracy.
Boy says he hopes that proceeds from the paid-for screenings will cover the production cost and that if it succeeds it will set an example to follow by other filmmakers in the country.
“Scripting STRATA took three years. During this time, the script was subjected to a series of re-writings and feedback from people who understand the script-writing craft,” Boy says. “As the film’s script writer, I took a lot of time on it because I believe a good film script is like a good foundation for a house.”
He says the reason why Kenya does not have vibrant visual stories is because scripting is not handled with the seriousness and care it deserves.
“A film script gives the whole film direction. A lot of care and attention should be given to it because any cracks that develop later in the story have their foundation here,” Cajetan Boy says.
“I decided to learn the craft of screenwriting at Maisha Film Lab because I find that the screen has a longer lasting and greater impact than the stage. A screenplay can travel across the globe and retain the same form. But a stage play cannot because each performance is new each time it is presented,” he says.
Et Cetera’s collaboration with Daystar University brought down the cost as the film had various interns from Daystar besides using its premises for filming. Other locations for the film were private spaces and this made the shooting easier, cheaper and more convenient.
Overall, about Sh1 000 000 (about US$11 765) was spent on making the film that is about to be served to the public.
Get updates about the film on their facebook page here.
By Daisy Nandeche Okoti
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