Anima, playing the role of Mrs Doris Adams and a mother of three, stars as lead character in Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s latest work, Adams Apples together with her satirist brother, Kwaku Sintim-Misa.
After starring in Kwaw Ansah’s Love Brewed in the African Pot released in 1980 and Heritage Africa released in 1989, not much has been heard of the unique actress, prompting many to conclude that she might have probably retired from the industry or taken the back seat.
But while she kept quiet on the local scene, Anima was internationally active, intermittently writing and performing plays such as Aisha; Friends Forever; Survivors and her favorite In The Name Of The Children for BBC Radio in mid 2000.
Speaking in an interview with Myjoyonline.com after a special screening session of Adams Apple at the Silverbird Cinema, Thursday, Anima said she was ‘forced’ to bounce back due to the way the story appealed to her, as well as the dialogue.
“For every actor when you take a script, you look at the character that you are supposed to play, you look at the dialogue, you look at the whole story in general and generally if it appeals to you, then you say yeah I will do it.”
“It was pretty much the same because Shirley sent me the script and said can you read this and see if you are interested in the character and for Shirley, her dialogue is absolutely fantastic. We look like good actors on screen because of her dialogue. Because they are so natural to you that it will be like how I am talking to you.”
For her, it was exciting and she counts herself fortunate to feature in the movie and also to be working with the ‘young’ Shirley.
“For me, it is also the experience of working with somebody young and somebody contemporary because I have had the experience of working with giants, like Kwaw. I feel very fortunate to have been able to be on either side…it’s been fantastic.”
A regular Ghanaian story
|This is the first of a ten part series|
Director of the movie, Shirley Frimpong-Manso also told Myjoyonline.com in an interview that the series is a regular Ghanaian series which touches on the daily lives of Ghanaians.
“Regular in the sense that we deal with the same issues that perhaps happen in a lot of Ghanaian families in the country.”
The award winning director promised when one sits to watch the movie for an hour and half, “you expect to be entertained and you expect to be wiled and so we inject those elements in it. So we create suspense, we create some very funny moments and then we make it exciting. We try and ensure that the fashion is on point,” for people who love fashion.
The family friendly movie cut for all ages, she said, is like “a bowl of soup with a lot of stuff that everybody can scoop some, eat and get satisfied.”
Chapter One of the Ten part Adams Apples series is set in the hustle and bustle of the city of Accra and it follows the lives of the four “Adams” – Ghanaian women; the widowed, ex-diplomat’s wife and her three daughters in their early and mid thirties.
They work through domestic struggles, family life and personal battles to achieve success and happiness in a fast changing, 21st Century Ghana where love can elude the helplessly romantic; victory can scorn the hardworking and marriage can forever be an illusion. The Adams seek all these and more from life and each other.
The series stars renowned and fresh acts such as Yvone Okoro, Jocelyn Dumas, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Adjetey Anang, John Dumelo and many new exciting faces.
According to producers, Sparrow Productions, each chapter of Adams Apples will open at the cinema every month over a 12-month period.
The first chapter will begin with a grand premiere on April 21, 2011 at the National Theatre in Accra and subsequent chapters released consecutively at the Silverbird cinema till February 2012.No tags for this post.