Incase you are new to nollywood movies, here’s one you don’t want to miss, the blockbuster film ’76’.
93 Days, Oloibiri, A Trip to Jamaica, and The CEO. ’76 stole the show at AMVCA, winning Best Movie, Best Actress, Best Costume Designer, Best Art Director and Best Director. A total of five winnings in fourteen nominations making it the highest winner at the event.
Ojukwu who was the movie director, has always had fantasies about making military movies, so much that he follows many coup stories. When the ‘76 project came along, he had to do a lot more readings and research, and also consult scholars on the crucial aspects of the story, to ensure historical accuracy, over a year was spent on the pre-production stage of the film. The historical account of ’76’ has the support of the Nigerian Military as the script went through a seven-month investigation and approval period before filming started. The military also assigned personnel to train the actors and guide the military aspect of the film. During the film’s development, the director tried to minimize violence because he wanted people to focus on the story and not get distracted or annoyed by gory images. Eight period cars of the 1970s were refurbished to be used in the film.
A teaser trailer of the film was released to the public on 20 November 2012. The release was initially slated for 4 October 2013, but was pushed back indefinitely due to delayed post production. A first official trailer for the film was released on 14 November 2014. The movie was selected to premiere at the Toronto International film Festival in September, 2016 and at the BFI London Film Festival. The film was finally released on 25th November 2016.
’76 is set six years after the Nigerian civil war, a young officer from the Middle Belt gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student from the South-eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings. The soldier gets accused of being involved in the 1976 unsuccessful military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, and the heavily pregnant wife, gets entangled in an emotional dilemma.
The historical account in ‘76 went through a seven-month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started and according to the director, this was an era when the Nigerian people started playing down on all forms of discrimination and saw themselves more as brothers and sisters. The film has been in production for about five years.
- Ramsey Nouah as Captain Joseph Dewa
- Chidi Mokeme as Major Gomos
- Rita Dominic as Suzie
- Ibinabo Fiberesima as Angela
- Daniel k. Daniel as CPL Obi
- Memry Savanhu as Eunice
- Adonai Owiriwa as Captain V. M. Jaiye
- Pat Nebo as Colonel Aliu
- Nelly Ekwereogu as Ikenna
- Shuaibu Ebenesi Adams as Lieutenant Jubril
- Debo Oguns as Noel