Still glorying in the still unsettled dust of the Oscar's new African shining star Lupita Nyong'o we can be forgiven and allowed to believe this is an era for Africa's greatest artists to emerge. It seems the many coy Nyong'o actresses have been permitted to believe their acting is not just destined for cheap back of the yard productions that never makes it to the large screen, but is good enough to compete in the Hollywood world platform.
Also, the many budding African producers and film makers that have directed and made more films than many of Hollywood's biggest film makers have all of a sudden realised that their passion is no longer just a Nollywood, Zollywood or Goliwood passion but one that can easily be a Hollywood passion over night.
To not realise that Lupita Nyongo's sudden emergence on the big movie world has given hope to many African actors, actresses and film makers, would be tantamount to querying the sex of a goat which has its back towards you. Certainly, some Zimbabwean writers, actors, film makers and producers seem to have embraced this sudden world spotlight on African talent and have produced another gem for the movie industry-Elusive Horizon.
Elusive Horizon is an action film produced by UK-based Zimbabwean author Yvonne Ebhodaghe, nee Gwenyambira. Based on her 2010 published book Horizon, the film is about Winnie, played by British-Ghanaian Fiona Baffour, who has worked as part of an extortionist gang for several years. Fed up of her lifestyle she tries carve out a different honest path for herself but she did not count on the power of the determination of the gang leader Tony, played by Garry MacMahon who not wanting to lose his biggest earner deviously lures Winnie back through her best friend.
What transpires then after, with the two opposite forces' determination is a thrilling edge-of the-seat ride with talented actresses such as award winning Zimbabwean Demetria Karonga. Demetria plays a madame who controls the extortioners. The film has an eclectic racial mix depicting fusion of cultures in the modern UK. Seeing another production from Zimbabwean actors and film makers can only prove the existence of untapped talent in Africa which will eventually be noticed like Lupita Nyong'o.
Adapting her book to a film was an exciting challenge for the Zimbabwean author Yvonne Ebhodaghe. "As an author, it was challenging to write a screenplay. Although Rufaro Kaseke is so informed in the film industry, he is not a proud person, hence it was easy to understand the know-hows better."
The film is directed by Rufaro Kaseke who is famed for his talented directorship on Lobola and the In Laws. “The synergy between the African film makers in the UK and those in Africa is reaping fruits”, claimed Rufaro speaking about the collaboration of UK and African film makers on his latest project. Elusive Horizon will be edited by Joe Njagu of the Decent Art House before the test screening in September 2014.