Kumawood’s darling boy and president of the Ashanti Regional branch of Actors’ Guild has come hard at all individuals who currently hold the view that the industry in Kumasi has collapsed.
The actor said, those making such claims are exhibiting their ignorance. He made this claims on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM’s GH Entertainment show.
He said the movie industry has never died or collapsed and nothing of that sort will befall it.
“The industry can never collapse or die and the person saying that is exhibiting his ignorance. The industry is not dead and will never die,’’ he stressed.
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He was however quick to add that the industry is facing challenges that should be resolved.
According to him, there is currently no law backing the industry and until a legislative instrument aside the Act which was passed into law under former President John Dramani Mahama is instituted, the movie industry will still face challenges.
The Act which was passed under the NDC government, will provide the legal framework for the production, regulation, nurturing and development of the local film industry.
It will also regulate the distribution, exhibition and marketing of films and other artistic related matters.
He lamented that the sale of GAMA Film Company (GFC) is also one on the reasons why the industry is collapsing and said whoever did that did not believe in Kwame Nkrumah’s good vision.
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The GFC was a multi-faceted film and video production company, well endowed with experienced human resources, technical competence and state-of-the art equipment.
Gama Films was producing TV commercials, corporate documentaries, reality shows and feature films. Government sold out 70 per cent of its shares in the GFC in 1994 to the Malaysians.
According to him, ''shortly after independence, Dr Kwame Nkrumah created the State Film Company which later became the Ghana Film Industry Corporation (GFIC).
But successive governments have failed to follow in that dream that has affected us. We are facing challenges and we need help.’’
''The film industry which was established by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah will never die, can never die and has never died. Anyone who will say the movie industry has died is ignoring his ignorance,'' Bill Asamoah emphasized.
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