Ghanaian actress Kisa Gbekle has expressed her worry over how certain movie industry players often speculate that the English speaking movie industry ‘Ghallywood’ has collapsed.
This she claims could possibly discourage potential investors who might be considering pumping resources into the industry.
Disclosing her concerns during an interview, the silver screen actress quizzed about the fact that section of the industry can’t be dead when producers are regularly releasing movies.
In a statement, she said, “yes the industry is facing challenges and we acknowledge that. But people are trying to do something. People are still shooting. I heard people are not really buying the movies. So basically most of our producers shoot for the cinemas and Internet. That doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Yes the industry has its challenges same way other industries have their challenges but they don’t go out there to say their industries are dead.”
Kisa continued that so long as producers are shooting, it is enough reason to say the industry is alive. “It can’t collapse.”
“Talks about a collapsed industry won’t do us any good. Rather we should come up with good ideas to resolve the various challenges facing the industry,” she added.
“We need to appreciate our own. We need unity in the industry. Individual producers can collaborate and do bigger projects. Let’s come together and find solutions to how we can win back our movie audiences, who they say are not buying the movies anymore. We should know what their complaints are. See, it goes beyond making blanket statements that the industry is collapsed. We should respect talent; I mean we should appreciate talent and give chance to those who deserve it including new talents and old faces. The media also has a role to play in this,” she said about possible solutions to make things right.
Various statements have in the past been made about the status of Ghana’s English speaking movie industry. While others said it was dead, some say it is struggling on a limping on leg.
But Kisa thinks that’s not a possible solution to save the industry. The talks are too much.