By Juliet Ebirim
Nollywood film-maker and CEO of Royal Arts Academy, Emem Isong is set to release her first effort as a director in a romantic thriller titled ‘Champagne’. Always one to push the envelope, in this movie she does not disappoint as she explores the concept of an open marriage between a young couple Tare Hopewell ( Alex Ekubo) and his young wife Champagne (Rose Zimu).
The couple date other unsuspecting people mainly for money and perks, until they bite off more than they can chew when they meet the enigmatic Mr. Douglas (expertly played by Majid Michel). Suddenly, this seemingly harmless game of ‘hit & run’ turns into a deadly game of high stakes, where the winner takes all.
Shot in the cities of Johannesburg, South Africa and Houston Texas, U.S.A, Champagne also stars Tana Adelana, Mbong Amata, Susan Peters, Padita Agu and Anita Chris. The movie marks the directorial debut of Emem Isong who also produced the work.
Uduak Oguamanam was the associate producer, while cinematography was by Bianca and Tom Robson on the South African end and James Costello on the American end. Champagne premieres and screens in cinemas in Nigeria from December 19th.