Ebeneza Blanche directs ‘Point And Kill’ for Little Simz, featuring Obongjayar.
Words from Ebeneza below.
Describe your experience shooting in Lagos for the first time?
EB: Shooting in Lagos was a challenge. You never know what you are going to get until you are on the ground.
Luckily we were in good hands because Dawa Suya (Service Producer) and myself shared a similar vision so it was easy to get a crew together that were able to bring my vision to life.
For filmmakers that haven’t worked with a Service Producer before, how can they help, and what advice do you have for a successful collaboration?
EB: I think it is very important to do your research and make sure that their catalogue of work speaks to you. Their style and taste are where you can tell if it will be the right fit for you.
Could you share an insight into some of the references hinted at in the video?
EB: I took inspiration from the film ‘Touki Bouki’ (1973) and ‘Cristo Rey’ (2013). I love the aesthetics of ‘Touki Bouki’ – the art direction is phenomenal. I feel like Senegalese films don’t get praised enough for their innovation in filmmaking.
What are you reading at the moment?
EB: There is this one book that I’m interested in at the moment called ‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams.
- Luca Chapman
- Director of Photography
- Elizabeth Doonan
- Executive Producer
- Production Company