He has played a variety of roles on stage, television and the big screen but actor, comedian, motivational speaker and film director, Kwaku Sintim Misa (KSM) says his part as an alcoholic in Afua’s Diary which premieres at the Silverbird Cinema in Accra on October 30, came with some challenges.
Written and produced by Bibi Owusu Shadbolt and inspired by a true life story, the film follows the life of Afua Forson Brown, a Ghanaian marketing graduate whose United Kingdom student’s visa is about to run out.
Compounding her problems is a lazy and arrogant boyfriend who depends on her for everything, an alcoholic father in Ghana who is constantly asking her for money and a job that she hates.
Afua eventually finds love in Italian businessman Alan Freeman, but falling in love is even more complicated.
“Every role comes with its own challenges but I found that being an alcoholic on screen required digging deep into myself in order to convince the audience. I think I managed to pull it off quite well,” KSM told The Mirror.
The role of Afua is played by British model and television presenter, Cleopatra Wood. According to her, assuming the appropriate accent for the part was a bit tough but with a mother of Ghanaian descent, she managed to grasp it.
KSM lived in the United States for several years and said that background helped him empathise with the film’s lead character.
“That whole experience people go through when visas have expired or are about to expire and the ways and means to keep body and soul together in a foreign land is really tough. The producer/writer managed to capture the agony well and that makes the film really gripping,” KSM stated.
The film’s producer/writer, Bibi Owusu Shadbolt, majored in English Literature from the University Of Cape Coast. She then went to live and work in the UK and produced short plays for her church.
After a script she wrote for a local television station was well received, she decided to take writing more seriously and went on to study screen writing and film making in London.
Afua’s Diary is her first feature length film and it has been hailed in influential film circles in the United States, United Kingdom and France.