Substandard Movies Are Killing the Film Industry -Says SLCDSA chairman

By Abdulai Gbla

The Chairman of the Sierra Leone Compact Disc Sellers Association (SLCDSA), Gibrilla Turay, has said that that production of sub standard Sierra Leonean movies was greatly affecting the growth of the movie industry in the country. In an exclusive interview with AYV, Turay noted that many Sierra Leoneans are very talented in the art of film production, but that more is needed to be done by producers in order for them to capture the minds of the majority of viewers in the country and even beyond.

Turay said, “it is true that the Sierra Leone movie industry is in its developing stage, but we really need to grow from one point to another so that we can compete not only nationally but also internationally.”

He noted that even though the Ebola epidemic had hampered the rapid success the movie industry was witnessing, many movie producers had decided to focus their attention in producing films that had strong messages about the Ebola virus. “This is what we have been doing as a way of playing our own part as Sierra Leonean in combating the deadly Ebola plague in our country,” Turay maintain, stressing that more films on Ebola were yet to be released.

As an actor and executive producer of one of Sierra Leone’s most popular movies; Deep In The Game, Turay called on film producers in the country to be more innovative in their production and to produce movies with good human interest story lines that would please the viewing public.

He further disclosed that as the Chairman of the Sierra Leone Compact  Disc Sellers Association (SLCDSA), there were now mechanisms in place to properly scrutinize Sierra Leonean movies, so as to make sure that the best of the best is brought out to the general public.

Turay said that even though piracy had been a perennial problem in the country’s movie industry, his organization had set up a task force to make sure that anyone caught pirating Sierra Leonean movies is swiftly brought to book. He called on Sierra Leoneans to patronize the movies of their Sierra Leonean brothers and sisters.

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