If anyone says a scion of the Amata dynasty does not know what he or she is doing when it comes to movies, then something is technically wrong somewhere. More so when this particular Amata seems to have done the seemingly impossible- produce a movie that 80% UK based cast. Ruke Amata (Who is a man not a woman as we have noticed many erroneously assumptions) is not an Activist as far as we know but with his Class Act UK experiment where talents are discovered, he has just changed the norm where mainly Actors from the Motherland are used in movies at the detriment of the UK based ones.
His latest movie, The Past Came Calling which addresses issues like advanced free fraud, inter – racial relationship, juvenile delinquencies, effect of divorce on a child, and sins of the father being visited on the child is a film we really recommend. With successful premiere in Banjul on 26th December 2011 and UK on Feb 12th, Ruke is planning a Lagos premiere in June followed by Cinema screenings across Nigeria.
The Past Came Calling without asking for it changed the African UK movie landscape and if the feelers from those who stormed the UK premiere, Amata has successfully crossed the Atlantic to do what his clan do best. At the UK premiere of THE PAST CAME CALLING (A Ruke Amata Movie) at the Odeon Cinema Greenwich few weeks back, nearly all the stars of the movie were on the red carpet. The cinema was filled to overflowing, a second screen had to be opened. Enjoy some of the pictures from the event.
The story line of the movie is simple, yet intriguing and contains twist and turns. ‘ The Past Came Calling’, produced and directed by Ruke Amata, a seasoned producer and Director, is a movie about a young Medical student, Susan (Marie Kumba Gomez – the winner of Class Act 2011) who came to the UK to study with her sister, Maggi (Chioma Chukwuka- Akpotha)
She never, in her wildest imagination, believed she could ever fall in love with a white man, until she is introduced to a dashing young man Dermot (Oliver Jolliffe), by her sister’s boyfriend, Kachi (John Dumelo). But, like the saying goes, the heart is not so smart. They met and began, what became a sizzling romantic relationship, until events of the past came calling.
Can they withstand the turbulence of deep-seated anger caused by fake dealings and scams from past experiences? Will their romance withstand the happenings and resultant prejudice of the past?
The Past Came Calling is a story about the power of love over racial prejudice and the hangover of the past. Produced and directed by Ruke Amata, a seasoned producer and director of such programmes like the TV drama series ‘Bachelors’, S.O.D – Son of the Devil, The Accursed, Growing Up, Emotional Hazard, and a host of others. The movie has previously been premiered in Gambia over the Christmas period, and the reactions from the teeming crowd that went to watch it was basically the same.
It had in attendance dignitaries from Government including the Minister of Health, and representatives of the Minister for Youth and Sports, the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Arts and Culture. Ruke Amata and his team were invited to meet with the Vice President of The Gambia, where they unfolded plans of the Gambian Class Act and other programmes to be produced in 2012.
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