BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Respected Nollywood director, Obi Emelonye makes a return with this intense drama that tells a love and boxing story, Oxford Gardens.
Thy Will Be Done, Last Flight to Abuja and Onye Ozi are successful works Emelonye has delivered in the past and a look at this well-arranged trailer suggests another masterclass from the one-time AMAA nominee.
Produced by Emelonye’s outfit, The Nollywood Factory, and Africa Magic, Oxford Gardens tells the tale of Julius, a broken, down-on-his-luck ex-boxer, in search of redemption who meets Munachi – a pretty, bubbly young girl with a dark secret – at a park in Oxford Gardens one summer afternoon sets.
It stars Ngoli Okafor, a 2-time Golden Gloves, Heavyweight champion, Ngozi Thompson Igwebike, Savanah Roy and Obi Emelonye’s daughter, D’Richy Obi-Emelonye.
Below are a few things watching the trailer taught us.
- There are a few scenes that, over time, have proven difficult to stage in a typical Nollywood movie. Two of them are – a fight scene and an accident scene. Oxford Gardens has both. We see them in the trailer and they look absolutely on point. The boxing scenes look like what they should be: intense, gripping and well shot. The accident involving the car that Ngoli and Savanah were riding in was what it should be, an accident. Not a forced, witchcraft-induced car jam.
- The director’s daughter, D’Richy Obi-Emelonye looks indeed, from the trailer, like one for the future. Her wail after Ngoli gets knocked down further aids in inducing pity and fear for the beaten boxer. Her other appearance also gives a feel like you are starring at a fantastic actress in the making.
- Asides, D’Richy, I am not too optimistic about the acting performances of the other major actors in the movie. Ngoli, as probably expected, looks more like a heavyweight champion than an award-grabbing actor. From what I saw in this trailer, I doubt that the entirety of Ngozi Thompson Igwebike’s performance will be one to remember for years to come. I look forward to being proven wrong, though.
- “Oxford Gardens” looks like a title given to the film so as to appeal to the European audience. Even though Oxford Gardens is where the chance meeting between Julius and Munachi takes place, it doesn’t present more relevance than that.
- I think this film will be cool. Can’t wait!
Watch the trailer of Oxford Gardens below: