Shirley Frimpong Manso, a Ghanaian film director, writer and producer has acknowledged the declining state of the Ghana Movie Industry, a situation she attributes to the lack of support for the industry.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sparrow Productions, a film production and advertising company made this assertion when she appeared on Citi TV.
In the interview, she averred that after 10 years of hitting the industry with one of her ground-breaking movies, the industry has declined in prospect and has gone from bad to worse for filmmakers all due to the refusal of investors to invest the needed funds into the art.
“It has gone from bad to worse”, she said in the interview monitored by ABC News.
Shirley Frimpong Manso noted how heartbreaking the nose-dive trend of the industry has gotten over the past years.
According to the movie producer, lack of proper policy to regulate the industry and lack of support are the main drivers collapsing the Ghana Movie Industry.
To her, one main factor running down the industry has to do with the rate at which foreign movies have flooded the Ghanaian market hence usurping the place of Ghanaian movies. She says the industry lacks the needed policies that will protect the local movie industry from the foreign content that has taken over the Ghanaian entertainment arena.
She added that lack of support, especially in financial and infrastructural terms are also some contributory factors to the sorry state of the Ghanaian Movie Industry. To her, the various stakeholders in the movie industry have failed in this regard to provide the needed support to the industry hence its current state.
“Sometimes [I am] very emotional because after all of that I would have expected that the Ghana Movie Industry would have gone much further than where we are today. It almost feels like we have gone back. We have retrogressed where we should have progressed”, Shirley indicated.
She added, “it’s policy, it’s basically an industry that has no support from everywhere. Movie making is very expensive and a lot of Ghanaian producers will tell you they use their own monies to do the movies and so how much could you lose if there is no support system. We still have Silver Bird but that is just it. We don’t have any more Cinemas in the regions. There is no policy to protect us from all the influx of foreign content that is coming in.”
Shirley Frimpong Manso is one of Ghana’s celebrated movie producers and directors having won the Best Director award at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Frimpong-Manso is also a principal of Sparrow Station, a video streaming service for African entertainment from Sparrow and other African film producers. In 2013, she was ranked the 48th most influential person in Ghana according to E.tv Ghana.