In what promises to be a great year for film and entertainment in general, Kenya is not being left behind especially in the movie industry. For the longest time now there have been complaints about a lack of quality and character in local productions. That in an effort to catch up with the more established Americans and Nigerians, we ended up creating a sort of murky merge with most Kenyan work being unpalatable to say the least.
From late last year there had been buzz in inner circles about another Tosh Gitonga production. Most were saying that the director was intent on building his repertoire from Nairobi Half Life and he would still seek to maintain his life mantra telling the ‘Kenyan stories’. Judging from the trailer of The Nairobians, his new work, it seems the only story he is telling is the sequel to Nairobi Half Life. This may seem a bit rushed but the flow of that story just has a certain feel to it that as you watch you will be waiting for Maina Olwenya to pop up. This is not to say that it isn’t a decent film worth your time and money but I think for a premier creative such as him there are more griping stories than tales of gangsters hustling in Nairobi. On the flip side though, Brenda Wairimu is there as a gangster so we are definitely showing up!
Another film generating heat is by yet another creative premier selling us short; Gerald Langiri. If you don’t identify the name, he is one of the administrators to the Actors.co.ke franchise. Gerald through the years has curved out a name for himself as one of Kenya’s best. Now house of Lungula, his last film, was a shot in the dark, attracting equal amounts of interest and negative critism. That due to its explicit scenes we thought was the last of its kind in the Konstratas-Langiri partnership. In comes Fundimentals a film about the exciting sex-capades of two common Fundis. Running with the theme of original Kenyan stories it then defeats the common mind why use great talents both established and upcoming on this shamble of a movie.
As we common Kenyans await Veve on Blu-ray, only time will tell whether truly we should be excited because of the level of productions abroad are on the rise, meaning our local films will follow suit or just because now every forty to fifty bob we spend will be worth it.