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Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by Orikinla(m): 12:20pm On May 10, 2007
Nollywood is known for making hundreds of thousands direct to video movies on low-budget or no-budget. And these home videos are very popular in Africa on the Africa Magic  channel of Mnet and Africa Magic has made the numerous Nollywood stars household names in many African countries. But I doubt if any of these Nollywood stars got VIP invitation to the last Oscars or Baftas. Because, Hollywood does not lose sleep over this African Oliver Twist. And that is why Hollywood is ignorant of Nollywood's Amazing Grace and only knows about the big budget Michael Apted's Amazing Grace with the all star cast of Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Romola Garai and Rufus Sewell. The only known star in Nollywood's Amazing Grace is Nick Moran.

Read the following report on the two versions of Amazing Grace


One movie has an all-star cast of Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Romola Garai and Rufus Sewell.
The other was filmed in Nigeria on a shoestring budget with only one well-known actor, Nick Moran.

Both films are named after Amazing Grace, the hymn by John Newton, a slave trader who became an abolitionist. But while the first had a red carpet premiere at he Curzon Mayfair attended by its stars, the other will have a smallerscale opening at the Prince Charles cinema off Leicester Square tonight, when the honoured guests will be Nigerian dignitaries, not actors.

Now the team that helped the Africans tell their side of the slavery story hope to find a British distributor to bring it to a wider audience.
Alicia Arce, a BBC documentary maker who took time off work to make the film, said: "It would be nice to see it in British cinemas because it's about a British subject as well as a Nigerian one."

The £400,000 project is the first major feature from the growing Nigerian film industry, dubbed Nollywood, and featured around 700 people from Cross River State.

It tells how, in 1748, Captain Newton sailed to what is now Nigeria to buy slaves but, increasingly shocked by the brutality of slavery, later gave up the trade and became an Anglican priest.

He inspired MP William Wilberforce's abolition movement in Britain - the story told by the big-budget movie directed by Michael Apted. That version came under fire from Lee Jasper, Ken Livingstone's equalities adviser, for "prettifying" the slave trade.

He said it "seeks to give the impression that one man [Wilberforce] freed millions of slaves and negates the contribution of the enslaved Africans to their own freedom".

The African experience, by contrast, is central to the Nigerian film, which was the result of an accidental meeting. Moran was in Africa with Arce filming a documentary on Nollywood when Jeta Amata, a Nigerian film-maker, stepped in to help and said he would love to film the story of slavery with full Western production values.

The film broke box office records in Nigeria. In London this week, Amata said: "It's really important the story of slavery is told by people who were involved in slavery themselves. It's very important to me as an African to tell our own account."

The team did not realize there was another project with almost exactly the same name and similar theme until it was finished.

From This is London

There is no Box Office rating in Nigeria. So, it would be false to say or claim that any movie broke box office records in Nigeria. Which box office?
Where are the cinemas?

Re: Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by sexyella: 3:57pm On May 10, 2007
Re: Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by Ollie39: 10:18am On May 12, 2007
The Hollywood Amazing Grace showed for only one week in my then local cinema at Wandsworth shopping center in London. It was withdrawn after 2 weeks as very few people were watching it. So what chance do you think that that the Nigerian one has?
Re: Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by bishoptboy(m): 3:25pm On May 29, 2007
Its really sad to read this about the movie. I heard about a Nigerian movie showing in Montecasino Nu Metro (South Africa) and i and a couple of friend were really excited to go and see it. That night its was to be cancelled because they thought nobody will watch it. we had to get the authority to show it. later i went on the internet to google it and i was suprised because all i got was another Amazing grace. anyway i'm encouraged to see a nigerian film in a cinema outside nigeria. Jeta Amata got my respect. All those guys in Nollywood that release 366 movies in a year should take a cue from Jeta
Re: Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by Ndipe(m): 10:44am On Jun 08, 2007
Why must we look upto Hollywood for acceptance? They make their own genre of movies, we do make our own. Rather, we should explore other alternative routes in promoting our movies. Burkina Faso is, in my opinion, the cinema capital of West Africa, and I think their film festival is called FESPACO. Nigerians should focus on joining hands with them in promoting African festivals, instead of continually looking to the west for their 'stamp of approval'.
Re: Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by blackky23(m): 3:58am On May 10, 2008
I have heard alot of good reviews abt this movie , The Amazing Grace, folk here in the US dont know abt this movie, i have call nearly all the African stores nobody has it, does anybody know where i can buy it.
Re: Amazing Grace: Hollywood Snubs Nollywood by Seun(m): 2:49pm On May 10, 2008
What I heard is that there's nothing special about amazing grace; it just happens to be shot on film.

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