Movies of Thursday, 28 June 2012
Source: Adeyemi Adebayo Victor
Rifts between producers in the Ghanaian movie industry have seem not to come anything near resolving as recently a media house published a letter which was scribbled by award winning Leila Djansi titled: The Ghana Film Industry And Opera Square Mafias, with bitterness in her tone, rabble-rousing other top notch industry players and not the least she mentioned Socrate Safo as a ‘cheat’.
In a phone conversation with ace producer, Socrate Safo, we asked how the relationship between himself and the producer of Sinking Sands was and is now; he responded as, ‘I have known Leila as way back in the 90’s. She approached me to teach her certain elements in the production field and this I loyally did. I have never for once had any form of argument or whatsoever with her. She was a good student’.
Leila in her letter was quick to remind that she wasn’t just beefing but, ‘…the intent is for the appropriate authorities to wake up and pay attention to what is happening to the Ghana film industry. An industry that could be so profitable, an industry that could create jobs and income and help shape the image of the country.’ She continued, ‘…The most annoying part again is when some newbies ask ‘when did Leila come to the industry’.
One still wonders if the rhetoric from either producers or fans did provoke the LA based producer, if that was it, then why did the name of Socrate Safo crop up in her missive?
For the sake of our report, here is Leila in her own words, ‘If Socrates Safo will be honest; he will tell you when I came into the industry. My first script that I wrote for another producer, I was told that because I was not popular, if they put my name as writer, the movie will not sell. So he put his name on the film and did not give me credit at all. No pay, no credit…When I worked with Socrates, it was either my name was left out of the credit or spelled wrong thus it’s a whole new name, not mine. I left, came back, fell into the hands of an attention seeker, branched off on my own and now I have to deal with a bunch of mafias.’Socrate has refuted this and called it ‘stupid’. He declined that he has never used any of Leila’s work and that the only piece he did with the script coming from her was the Sisterhood-part 2, with which he duly credited her for a good job done. Anyway that was then.
The industry is for us to appreciate as fans and bettered as producers but when we see this line, ‘…I am so excited, beyond excited, to wave my goodbyes to this industry. It is beyond salvation. Even the titanic is salvageable’, what does it signal from Leila Djansi?
We hope this crack dies down between Leila Djansi and Socrate Safo (at least other names mentioned have not either been ‘stupid’ or ‘cheats’), thus taking the Ghana movie industry to another level.