The wait is finally over. For the lovers of film, especially Ugandan ones, Saturday is D-day for the long-awaited premiere of Bullion, a Henry Ssali film.
The red-carpet event will take place at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, kicking off with a pre-event cocktail at 6pm. Expect the glitz and glamour that comes with red-carpet movie premieres. According to Ssali, top-of-the-range Ugandan businesspeople and artistes have been invited to the event though musicians will not be there to perform.
“The main event is the movie screening. We did not want to clutter the event,” he said. He also explains that completion of the movie has taken this long (the project started in 2009) because of the high costs incurred at each stage.
“It was an expensive movie to put together given the star cast and the expertise. We could not have made without the help of people like Sudhir Ruparelia,” he said.
The movie boasts of a cast that includes Allan Tumusiime (Kiwani The Movie) as the driver, with the Kenyan actor Ainea Ojiambo (The Constant Gardener, The First Grader, White Masai, Nairobi Half Life, among others) plus an equally star-studded supporting cast that includes the likes of Veronica Tindi, Ann Kansiime, Juliana Kanyomozi, Laura Kahunde, Michael Wawuyo Sr, Michael Wawuyo Jr, Wilberforce Mutete and Muwawu Gwayambadde, among others.
It tells a fascinating story of a young bullion van driver and family man who takes to crime in order to finance his dying daughter’s heart surgery. He is lured into a plot to carjack and rob the van by a group of sleek thieves and co-workers, but things take a drastic twist when he is double-crossed and thrown into jail to serve a lengthy term.
Speaking about the movie, Ssali said: “For me it is about growth. It is much better than my first work (Kiwaani The Movie) that people enjoyed a lot. I am sure they will enjoy this one too.”
Bullion was written by Billy Ashaba and directed by the acclaimed dramatist, Philip Luswata. Tickets to the black-tie event cost Shs 30,000.
Source : The Observer