“I don’t know of any Ghanaian who practices as a professional writer, who writes script for films, television and teleplays and makes all his living from that,” David Dontoh stated in an interview with Ibrahim Ben-Barko on the Red Carpet Show on Multi-TV.
He further said “a film starts from a script but we don’t have very good writers who really know the element of drama that makes it exciting and interesting for people to enjoy.”
Known for the roles he played in very popular movies including; The Dead (2010), Deadly Voyage (1996) and Heritage Africa (1989), David Dontoh on his part, said elsewhere you find people taking script writing as a professional job and it works for them.
He blamed theatre institutions in the country for not giving students detailed knowledge on script writing.
“The people we train at our school of performing arts and other theatre institutions in the country are only trained in stage plays.”
The popular Obra TV series actor, expressed worry about the attitude of some movie producers in the country.
“Some of the producers who are in film production now are not prepared to spend their money to buy scripts where the entire movie starts from,” he added.
He continued that “but if you really want a good script the person has to spend all the time to do solid research, write and rewrite.”
He concluded that “if the script is not good, bring Denzel Washington, the story is [still] not good.”
David Dontoh is also known for movies like Rain movie from the stables of Silver Line Film Production and Announcement directed by Evelyn Robinson.