Are you looking for where to watch Last Flight To Abuja movie in Nigeria? Ever since the blockbuster movie premiered in Genesis Deluxe cinema on August 3rd 2012, Last Flight To Abuja has become the most talked about movie of the year.
With 'Last Flight To Abuja'....Nollywood has taken off!
The cinemas to watch Last Flight To Abuja, a 2012 Nollywood movie, are listed at the end of this article. Mind you that show times may vary at each venue, so make sure to double-check when acquiring your tickets.
Last Flight To Abuja is a movie based on true events, a high octane disaster thriller movie and the first Nigerian movie to be set on airplane that suffers major mid-air problems leading to a fatal crash. Written, produced, and directed by Obi Emelonye, a multi-award winning director in Nollywood.
The movie is packed with great actors such as Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jim Iyke, Ali Nuhu, Jide Kosoko, Uche Odoputa, including fast-rising Nollywood actress Uru Eke. Other casts are Anthony Monjaro, Olumide Bakare, Jennifer Oguzie, and Celine Loader.
The director of the award winning movie ‘Mirror Boy’, Obi Emelonye, dedicated the premiere of his aviation inspired film 'Last Flight To Abuja' to the victims of the June 3rd Dana Air crash. A fatal plane crash that claimed hundreds of lives in Lagos state.
Last Flight To Abuja is showing at the following cinemas across Nigeria in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Enugu:
The highly anticipated movie, Last Flight To Abuja, which premiered at Troxy Cinema (East London) earlier this month, will soon hit UK Cinemas come June 29th.
The movie was directed by Obi Emelonye, and it features Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Jim Iyke, Ali Nuhu, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Uru Eke, and Jide Kosoko. The film is based on a series of air disasters, which rocked the Nigerian aviation industry back in 2006, and was recently dedicated to the victims of the Dana plane crash in Lagos on June 3rd. Learn more about the plane crash here: Nigeria Plane Crash: 153 passengers reported dead.
The producer of the award winning movie 'Mirror Boy' which features Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme has dedicated the London premiere of his new movie "Last flight to Abuja" to the 153 passengers who lost their lives in the Dana Airliner plane crash in Lagos.
The premiere of the movie will take place on Friday June 8, 2012 at the Troxy Cinema and will commence by 9pm.
The film comprises of a star studded cast that includes Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Hollywood Nigerian actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Jim Iyke.
A statement was made by the organizers as regards the film and its coincidence with the June 3rd plane crash.
'It is quite unfortunate that the plane crash occurred before the premiere of the movie. The movie is dedicated to all who lost their lives in the two ill fated crashes that involved Allied Air and Dana Air in Accra and Lagos.'
According to InformAfrica, Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority said that all the passengers on June 3rd's Dana Air flight that crashed into a two-storey building died, killing more than 60 people on ground.
The organizers further disclosed their feelings and the impact the crashes made on them. "The movie is to express our solidarity with the feelings of everyone affected by both tragic events, especially those who have lost their loved ones. A minute silence will be observed before the film screens and the movie will be used as an advocacy tool to highlight the issues of air safety in Nigeria and Africa at large."
'Last flight to Abuja' is inspired by the plane crashes that has been witnessed in Nigeria over the years.
From the director of The Mirror Boy, comes the highly anticipated disaster thriller movie, Last Flight To Abuja, which the official trailer was just released for public viewing.
The blockbuster movie was written and directed by Obi Emelonye, and stars popular actors like Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jim Iyke, Ali Nuhu, Jide Kosoko, Uche Odoputa, Anthony Monjaro, Samuel Demola Ajibola, Jennifer Oguzie, Uru Eke, Celine Loader, Oma Iyasara, Charles Granville, Julie Adams.
Inspired by true events, Last Flight to Abuja is a high octane disaster thriller movie and the first Nigerian movie to be set on airplane that suffers major mid-air problems leading to a fatal crash.
Last Flight to Abuja is also the first film to be shot in Nigeria on the stunning Arri Alexa digital camera system and the first Nigerian movie to shoot air-side at a Nigerian airport working in association with the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
A set of everyday Nigerian travelers board the last Flamingo Airways flight scheduled to fly from Lagos to Abuja on a fateful Friday night in 2006.
The plane cruises at 30,000 feet, tranquil and on schedule.
But like a bolt out of the blue, through a mixture of human error, technical failure and sheer bad luck, the plane rapidly develops major difficulties that sends it teetering on the brink of disaster.
As the pilots fight with the controls of the stricken airplane, a series of flashbacks unravel the twists, turns and leaps of fate that put each passenger on the fateful flight.
Young lovers, an elderly couple, a corporate party, a sportsman on the threshold of greatness; all the passengers are caught up in the nightmare scenario and sense the final moments of their lives approach. All...except one!
The make-believe industry in Nigeria is truly now experiencing a big boom, especially with the bar raised by the likes Chineze Anyaene with her film, Ije; Ali Balogun, Tango With Me; Obi Emelonye, The Mirror Boy; Blessing Effiom Egbe, Two Brides And A Baby; and a host of others.
These films have made Nollywood producers sit up and up their games. They have also made other serious movie producers in Nollywood do quality films with good storylines and quality pictures. Attention is now being paid to details as against what we were used to in the past...
What is now left to be experienced is the shift away from storylines that are drama based to the exploration of other story ideas like sci-fiction (Avatar, Mission Impossible, Transformer), detective films like 24, Bourne Supremacy, etc.
Though many believe that the Nigerian society might not welcome such films, as tried with the movie, Kajola, a futuristic movie on Lagos, which was almost going in the direction of the American flick, 2012, but others believe that if producers look into why Kajola didn’t do well, and build on that to come up with a better one, then, such movies could be welcomed by the Nigerian people.
Coming from the success The Mirror Boy made at the cinemas, especially with the nominations and awards the film got, the producer, Obi Emelonye disclosed to us about his new movie project.
According to Obi, casts are already on set with another block busting film from him, The Last Flight To Abuja.
The film would feature Hakeem Kae-Kazim of Hollywood’s season film, 24, Hotel Rwanda, Pirates of the Caribbean; Nollywood’s sultry actress, Omotola Jolade Ekeinde, Ali Nuhu, amongst other actors.
“It is a reality/fictional story of a plane that got into trouble mid-air. So, it looked at the circumstances that lead to the set of people being on the flight from Lagos to Abuja on a Friday evening and how the crew and the passengers had to pull together to help things out.
It is the first disaster Nollywood movie. We have acquired an aircraft at the Abuja airport where this is going to be shot. We are aiming for the highest level of realism un the movie. We have to keep pushing the boundaries,” Obi, a former footballer, concluded.
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Director Obi Emenloye has been talking up the uniqueness of his film, ‘The Mirror Boy’ which premieres in Nigeria on August 5. Starring Genevieve Nnaji, Osita Iheme, Ugandan Edward Kagutuzi and Gambian Fatima Jabbe amongst others, the movie has beenshown to appreciative audiences in the UK, Gambia and Ghana.
An adventure movie, ‘The Mirror Boy’ is about a London boy taken back to The Gambia, his mother’s country, as punishment for getting involved in a street fight. He gets lost in a forest in the West African country while following a mystery boy first sighted in a mirror and later in a crowded market in Banjul.
For the young
The London-based director, who was in town recently to promote the movie, said he made the film to cater to a section of Nollywood often overlooked in productions. “First, it is not often that you see Nollywood stories told from the point of view of a young person. I wanted to tell a story from the point of view of a young person to see if you can capture a younger audience for Nollywood. We wanted to see if we can appeal to them because they are the future of the industry. The second was observing my son who is seven in the UK trying to balance his dual nationality. At school he is a British boy; at home he is a Nigerian boy.
For some people it’s very confusing, especially if there is no father-figure to help them cope. So, I tried to explore the disconnect between first generation Africans and maybe first and second generation children born in the Diaspora. We are trying to tell those children, including the ones in Africa, that Africa might not be perfect but this is where you are from. At the end, our protagonist fell in love with Africa in spite of all the problems he encountered. He discovered who he was.”
Going to Gambia
Though Nigerian filmmakers shoot at locations in the West and parts of Africa, Emenloye scored a first by shooting a significant part of ‘The Mirror Boy’ in The Gambia and the remaining scenes in the UK. The Theatre Arts graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who also studied and practised Law in the UK, originally wanted to shoot the movie at the Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State. He had earlier met the state’s commissioner for tourism and written a proposal requesting logistic support. Things didn’t work out when Cross River lost some of its oil wells to Akwa Ibom and thus could not support his venture. Luckily, the actress Fatima Jabbe facilitated shooting in The Gambia.
“She said why don’t you come to Gambia? She said, ‘Give me a list of what you want and I will make it happen.’ The next day she called me and I spoke to the president. He said we don’t have money but we will give you what we have. In fact, they did more than they promised. A lot of people said they gave us money, there was no money but what they gave us was more than money. We are very grateful to the president of Gambia and we hope that other African leaders can emulate that to help midwife a new emergence in African cinema.”
Shooting the movie in the tiny, tourism-driven West African country, the director disclosed, was stress-free. “80 percent of the film was shot in Gambia with the support of the president so that reduced our stress. I live in the UK and the bulk of the crew came from the UK. It was Genevieve and some few others that came to London for the London bit. We shot 10 days in Gambia and three days in London.”
Emenloye, who played professional football with Rangers and Julius Berger and had trials with Charlton Athletics and West Ham United in the UK before committing himself fully to filmmaking, is happy with what he has achieved with ‘The Mirror Boy’ so far. Earlier this year, Kagutuzi won a statuette at the AMAA Awards for Best Young Actor while Genevieve Nnaji recently won Best Breakthrough Artist at the Monaco Film Festival. The movie’s run at the cinema in the UK and its potential impact also gladdens the director’s heart.
“Nollywood has stagnated a little bit but there is a new resurgence and I’m happy that ‘The Mirror Boy’ has taken this resurgence to a broader audience, especially with what we have done in the UK where we have been in the cinema for three weeks. We had a premiere in Ghana and it went very well. We have another coming up in Kenya, South Africa and the US.
We are trying to take this film around because we want people to see it. It’s a good spiritual journey and for children who have not been opportune to come to Africa, it shows them what it is like. It is not a perfect picture but it is a beautiful place and it shows who we are. This is where we have connection. We mention umbilical cord a lot in the movie and it is because we are connected to our land by that umbilical cord. Whether it is beautiful, hot, cold or unsafe, this is where we are from and it’s a beautiful place.”
The director also discloses the motivation behind his casting. According to him, “Genevieve is a very committed actress and has shown herself to be at the top of her game. When I was writing the script, I knew that barring contractual and scheduling difficulties, she was going to play the role and she delivered with aplomb. I wrote the role for Osita. There was a temptation to bring Aki and Pawpaw together but I felt they would bring a lot of baggage from their past so I needed to separate them and use Osita because of the way he looks. I wanted a cheeky mischievous face on this mystical character.
“Edward Kagutuzi was the most difficult to cast because we were looking for a 12-year-old boy who can carry the film. It was very difficult, we had two auditions and weren’t any closer until an agent sent us Edward’s photograph. Edward was 19 at the time but looked 12. He was in first year at the university and as soon as we saw him, we felt he would bring certain level of interpretation to what is a child’s role.”
On why the film is premiering in Nigeria last, the director, whose next movie is going to be shot on 3D in Tinapa, Cross River State, said, “We chose Nigeria last because this is our biggest constituency. Everything we have done in Ghana and the UK is in preparation for this because we learnt from those experiences.”
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