Kunle Afolayan’s ‘October 1′ aims to gross one million dollars at the cinema.

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Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has disclosed that his forthcoming film, ‘October 1’ has so far gulped over N200million.1

He made the disclosure recently at the Filmhouse, Surulere, after the fourth private screening of the movie facilitated by Terra Kulture.images

He explained that, “We shot on RED cameras. All those forest scenes were shot using two pieces of 12K HMI light; to rent one 12k costs between N80, 000 to N100, 000 per day, and we shot for about 60 days. We had more than 30 lights on that shoot altogether. We had about 100 casts and crew. Post-production costs more than N20 million, which is why the film looks good. We tried to maximise the potentials that we have in-house. By this, the only thing we did outside the country was colour correction and grading. We used two RED cameras, each one costing over N100, 000 a day.index

“Also, look at the costumes for that period, look at the cars. We had to refurbish some of those cars to create that period and put them to use. There are electric poles, wires, transformers, billboards and masts all over the town. They were all removed at post-production and PFX costs fortunes.”October1-Movie

He added that he has so far spent the huge amount because “we believe strongly that there is potential for this kind of film. How many viewers do we really need to be able to recoup that money? It’s not a lot, and the good thing is that now, you have Filmhouse, whose cinema chain seems to be expanding every day. And they already said to me that by the time we are releasing it in October, they will be having like 20 screens, compared to the six that we had when we released ‘The Figurine’ and ‘Phone Swap’ and are aiming at grossing a million dollars at the cinema.”A-scene-from-October-1

Shot on locations in Lagos and Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State and featuring a predominantly Nigerian cast joined by Hollywood actors Nick Rhys, Lawrence Stubbings and David Reese, Afolayan blends violence and humour in ‘October 1’ to entertain and educate.

It tells about a northern Nigeria Police detective, Dan Waziri (Sadiq Daba), who is urgently dispatched by the colonial government to the trading post town of Akote in Western Nigeria, to solve a series of female murders that have struck horror in the hearts of the local community before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day.

On getting to Akote, more murders are committed with Waziri in a race against time, to solve the case before more local women are killed. Matters take a turn for the worse when Waziri discovers that his prime suspect is the highly influential, university-educated son of the King of Akote, Prince Aderopo (Ademola Adedoyin).

Intelligent, good-looking, charismatic, witty and daring, the prince proves to be a worthy adversary for Waziri; he engages the detective in a game of wits throughout.

But apart from telling Waziri’s story, the movie also explores issues including paedophilia- particularly the molestation of a boy by a priest, the suspicion among the country’s major ethnic groups and the deadly politicking under the colonial masters.

1 Comment

  1. oyetunde

    August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Wao…..dis is so distinct of cos,just dat I feel every neccessary documentation abt Agbekoya needs to be unveiled in the movie + I cnt find any nollywood actor

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