Veteran filmmaker Tade Ogidan, whose latest effort Gold Statue is currently making waves at the cinema says the film took him ten years to produce because he has never wanted to produce any film less than phenomenal and attention grabbing.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV Entertainment News, Ogidan, who directed and produced Hostages and Owo Blow (which launched the career of frontline actress Bimbo Akintola), two of the most critically acclaimed films in the 1990s, explained that producers sometimes have very good stories: “but the financial resources to achieve it will not be immediately there, so you wait. We are not one who just want to waste a story so that we can quickly make a statement, when we produce, people don’t forget.”
Speaking about the prison set, he explained that it had to be built from the scratch since it was impossible to approach any prison facility to shoot the film especially as there is a part of the film where there had to be some digging.
His words: “Since it is not a documentary, no body will open the prisons to you to shoot a feature, so we had to build our set. We had a massive space to put the interior of the prison set. And then you know those boys were eventually digging so we got a tunnel. You will never know if we don’t tell you.”
Gold Statue is currently showing at cinemas across the country to critical acclaim.