Ace movie director Shirley Frimpong Manso has said her upcoming project, Grey Dawn, is not just meant to entertain and tell a story but also to make a couple of strong statements to draw attention to some pertinent issues bothering society.
Shirley said one of her biggest statements she intends to make with the movie is the fact that “family is important.”
“The other statement is also about how important the family is. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to protect your family.
“Another statement is also about women and how much we give up….and then generally the society. You know politics and where it can take you and how it drives you and how you try to cover up things to please people when in fact your house is falling apart,” Shirley said at the movie’s media preview on Tuesday.
Grey Dawn is produced by Ken Attoh and directed by Shirley and is expected to open for the public and movie fans on Friday, February 13 at the Silverbird Cinemas, Accra Mall.
It will subsequently premiere at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology.
It tells the story of a government minister, Harold, played by Nollywood’s Manuel Bimbo, who must choose between using his position to help his father-in-law, Kweku Yanka (Kofi Middleton Mends), stay out of jail for tax evasion or allow the law to take its course.
His decision sets in motion a chain of events which lure him into committing the one sin that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
The CEO of Sparrow Production has said family comes first for some persons in society, if not the majority. They could go any extra mile to do things, even out of the remits of the law, just to protect their families and that she explored that in the upcoming movie.
Grey Dawn features popular actors Bimbo Manuel, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Kofi Middleton Mends, Marlon Mave and a host of others, including new entrant Sika Osei.
Shirley said the script was written some five (5) years ago but her production decided to shoot it now.