There’s no money in the Ghana film industry – Movie director insists

Movie director and writer Peter Sedufia has bemoaned the lack of money in the Ghana’s movie industry.


According to Peter, the movie industry is bedeviled with many hardships, most of which stem from financial difficulties,
“The things are just financial problems”yeah there’s no money”.

Speaking to Prince Kwame Minkah on Dwaboase show on TVXYZ and Power979fm the director revealed, distribution is on another challenge the industry is facing.

“after being able to produce a movie, we call something distribution which is the process of making a movie available for viewing by an audience, we lack that and that’s the difficult part,” he added.

In 2015, Award winning movie director and producer, Shirley Frimpong-Manso also lamented over the lack of money in the industry.

In an interview she said; “There is no money anywhere, because people do not buy movies on CDs anymore and for most Ghanaians, [watching a movie] at the cinema is not an option; it’s a luxury that many simply cannot afford. Apart from the fact that it is not [a natural phenomenon of] our culture, people [would prefer] to use their money to buy fuel to power their generators in this era of dum-sor”.

In 2017, Ghanaian actress Yvonne confirmed in an interview that the Ghana Movie is not a lucrative venture and individuals banking their hopes in the industry should think of getting something else doing on the side.

She said “Acting doesn’t really pay. Back then I have to do a bunch of movies before I can make some substantial money. It is the other things we do like our personal productions and signing with companies as brand ambassadors that pays. Do you think I can drive a Mercedes Benz with this chicken change fees that we get paid for acting”.

“Some actors are dying because they don’t have enough to take care of their health. The money is not enough to sustain them. Do you think if we are being paid 25 million dollars for big productions as it is done in Hollywood, they would be poor? Do you know the good healthcare all these actors will get if we get paid well? It is terrible here. We don’t get royalties.”

Last year, popular Nigerian movie producer and actor Jim Iyke also shared his thoughts about the reason why the Ghanaian film industry is suffering.

Jim Iyke disclosed that Ghanaians aren’t enthusiastic to revive the dying movie industry.

He added that Ghanaians can save the industry by having a strong will, particularly among the grand stakeholders who are in the entertainment industry. He added that funds can be pumped into the movie industry. He also stated that the government if the movie industry wants to thrive.


By Afia Owusu/|Ghana


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