I admire the zeal of the new crop of filmmakers – Veronica Quarshie

I admire the zeal of the new crop of filmmakers – Veronica Quarshie

- Veteran movie director endorses new crop of film makers in Ghana

- She has advised that they pay more attention to their story lines

- Veronica is credited with movies like A stab in the dark (1&2), A call at midnight and Shadows of the past.

I admire the zeal of the new crop of filmmakers – Veronica Quarshie

Veronica Quarshie

Award-winning veteran movie director, Veronica Quarshie has commended the current crop of female filmmakers in the country.

According to her, she likes their zeal, the passion and dedication with which they execute their tasks. She added that the film industry has moved on in terms of technical knowhow and equipment.

Speaking in a personality profile interview, the veteran director who is  credited with works like A Stab In The Dark 1&2 (1998) and  Ripples 1& 2 noted that  her vision  as a director was to make family oriented films  that will help shape society and the family at large.

According to her, starting off as a female director in a male dominated profession was not easy but she had to challenge herself that she can do great  and by God’s grace  she won the hearts of many including  male colleagues in the industry.

Highlighting flaws she finds in the industry currently, Veronica advised that more time should be dedicated to developing our story lines and effort should be put into casting roles.

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“Some of these stories are done hurriedly. Most of the times, casting is done on friendship basis rather than on strict professional grounds”, she added.

Veronica who admits she has been away from the industry for a while said she was on break to take care of her family. She added that her time is now divided between managing her home and doing films as well. She applauded her husband for his support in her career and for the family.

The veteran director disclosed that, she is currently working on Ernest Abbeyquaye’s production as the director.

Veronica completed the National Film & Television Institute (NAFTI) in 1992 and majored in film directing. Her first production was Twin Lover by Piro Production in Takoradi in 1994. This was followed by Tears of Joy in 1995, and then When The Heart Decides in 1996, all for Piro films Production.

Other movies include “Come Back Lucy” in 1996 for Fletcher Productions and Thicker Than Blood” in 1997 for Adams Babs Production. Then A Stab In The Dark 1&2 for Princess Films on 1998 and Ripples 1& 2. The rest included A Call At Midnight 1&2, Shadows From The Past, The 3rd Night, Rage, Otilia and Xcapades – a Television series. She worked with Kwaw Ansah on Papa Lasisi and Praising the Lord plus One.

Veronica Quarshie who could be described as one of Ghana’s few female writers and directors after the likes of Veronica Cudjo and Afi Yakubu in her interview revealed that her earlier movies were written by herself and her husband: A Stab In The Dark, Come Back Lucy, Ripples, Rage, A Call At Midnight, Shadows From The Past, Third Night and No Easy Target, produced by Christo Asafo. All these stories were written by my husband and myself. Veronica got married in 1992 to Dr Samuel Nai, her colleague from NAFTI, but who now lectures in film at the University of Cape Coast. The marriage is blessed with a 10-year-old son.

 

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