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Iceslide Films in conjunction with Wells Entertainment Limited presents the release of the epic historical film, ‘Invasion 1897’. The historic epic is based on the invasion of the great Benin Kingdom by the British in 1897, who then carted off Benin arts and artifacts which till date, still adorn museums around the world. For example the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. This is the most ambitious film in Nigeria since it’s independence as the film makers seek to give an accurate, historical account of the event and make a statement as regards the right of the West to continue to hold on to these artifacts using the platform (or guise?) of the 1897 invasion of the Benin Kingdom. It also opens up the hidden truths behind the invasion, long painted as a ‘massacre’ by the West. This year marks 100 years of the death of Oba Ovonramen N’ogbaisi (1888–1897), the then sitting Oba who died in exile in Calabar where he was banished by the British after the invasion, so it is fitting that the film is launched in his memory.
‘Invasion 1897’ has been endorsed by the Benin monarch, Oba Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo Erediauwa 1, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Italy and of the Benin Royal Dynasty Trust, Sir. Chief (DR) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of the Benin Kingdom, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) and the Obong of Calabar, HRH Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, The Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMP), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Association of International Theatre Critics, Society for Nigerian Theatre ‎Artistes (SONTA), Association of International Theatre Critics (AITC), Nassarawa State University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Richard Landers Society and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA. The movie was produced and directed by award winning director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen who has been on a world wide campaign for support for the movie.
The movie which has taken over four years to shoot and edit was shot in Benin city, Edo state as well as London, England, using a well trained cast of over three hundred people, all in period costume of the 1900s with the props of that era. The film stars veteran Nigerian actors Segun Arinze, Charles Inojie, Nosa Ehimwen, Paul Obazele, Leo Mezie, Mike Omoriegbe as Oba Ovonrawmen, Idiata Otiagbe and the late Justus Esiri in a cameo role. Famous British actors involved in the production include Rudolph Walker, Charles “Chucky” Venn, Annika Álofti, Garett Mort, Hannah Raehse-Felstead, Tim Robinson, Rob Spackman, Patrick Thompson and Keith Davinson.
The film post-production was done at Film Look studios in Burbank, Hollywood, USA. There will be an unveiling of the film’s new post & trailer by City People magazine in the coming weeks. This will spearhead the World premiere tour of the movie, starting with the Toronto African & Music Festival on the 27th of August 2014. ‘Invasion’ will be the opening film of the festival. There will then be a London VIP premiere alongside major Benin bronze works exhibition on the 13th of September 2014. A main premiere will be held in London at the Odeon Cinema also that month. This will be followed by a special premiere of the movie at the famous Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C on September 17th 2014. Back home in Nigeria, the film will screen at the Abuja Film Festival, then there will be there will be special Nollywood premiere on the 23rd, 25th and 26th of September 2014. Main sponsors of the movie include South Atlantic Petroleum, HP, Task systems and FEVA Tv, Canada.lancelot oduwa imasuenlancc

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  1. Austine Edego

    August 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    This is the best movie ever.. the world stand still as d movie premiers.. Mr. Lancelot,you the best..

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