It is not the run-of-the-mill Nollywood story, but producers of ‘Busted’, an advocacy movie feel obligated to fill the gap created by dearth of awareness on same sex marriage, after the Senate passed a bill on the issue.
Producer Lisa Onu said she is disappointed that no adequate structure has been implemented to follow up on the bill, “especially on sensitization and counselling” of the young ones on this major global issue.
Onu whose previous efforts include ‘Different Women;, ‘Anambra na Imo’, ‘Priceless’, and ‘My sister and I’, said ‘Busted;, apart from following an unusual theme, is her first cinema standard movie.
“I will encourage people to go see the movie and experience the intrigues and thrills on the lifestyle of these people. A lifestyle that has never been displayed like this in our Nollywood movies before. It’s educating and informative,” she said. Onu who also acted in the movie said, “I always try my best to bring it on.”
She boasted of other cast members who she described as a combination of matured minds in both acting and life, and younger talents to mingle with excitement to bring on their best.
“I have veterans like Liz Benson Ameye: a beautiful actress and a minister of God; Paul Obazele: A strict man by nature and a fantastic actor and leader too; Kate Henshaw:
I always admired Kate with her humble nature, an advocate, a very fantastic and tolerating act, and the handsome likes of Ik Ogbonna and Bryan Okwara. We also have beautiful actresses like Vanessa Onu, Chika Kalu and Janelle Ezeanaka; 2016 Most Beautiful Girl UK – all introduced into Nollywood for the first time.”
According to Onu, the Busted set was her most successful set ‘because there were a lot of debates that went on but at the end of the day the aim of the project was achieved.”
She noted that the audience being targeted by the movie include “parents; especially mummies, boarding school staff, churches and the government.”
“We plan to exhibit at some states with the approval of State First Ladies in order to reach out to families and especially secondary schools. It is part of the sensitization I talked about,” said the producer.
A controversial love story directed by Pat Oghre and Damijo Efe-Young, ‘Busted’ tells the story of Queen, a girl child born into a decent home but whose father’s strictness and mother’s ignorance led her into the arms of a maid who changed her entire being. Now as a grown woman, unknown to her parents, Queen has a different understanding to life and has taken to a new lifestyle.
She eventually meets ‘The Love of her life’, Blessing; another beautiful young lady who willingly surrenders to the lifestyle due to the economic hardship. Unfortunately for the lovers, the Nigerian law sector has passed a bill in the constitution against the act of same sex marriage. Ignoring the Biblical belief and what the society thinks of them, the law becomes the tussle that leads to the test of their love.