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KENYA’S FEMALE FILM MAKERS SCALING THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE- WANURI KAHIU, DOROTHY GHETUBA

Dorothy Ghettuba, Wanuri Kahiu

By Winnie Kabintie

Kenya has been touted as a hotbed of talents and the recent accomplishments by two of Kenya’s power women in Tv & Film industry adds yet another feather to this acknowledgment.

NETFLIX APPOINTS TV PRODUCER DOROTHY GHETUBBA MANAGER INTERNATIONAL ORIGINS

Kenyan award-winning TV producer and  CEO Spielworks Media, Dorothy Ghettuba, has been hired by global streaming company Netflix as its manager for International Originals.

Last year Netflix announced plans to commission original shows from Africa by 2019.

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, based in Malawi, but featuring Kenyan actors, including the star actor Maxwell Simba, who plays William, is among the African films commissioned by Netflix.

Netflix also bought Nollywood’s movie Lionheart by Genevieve Nnaji in September 2018.

WANURI KAHIU TO DIRECT UNIVERSAL STUDIO’S NEW HIT – ‘THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH’ 

Award-winning writer and director Wanuri Kahiu, famed for her controversial LGBT film Rafiki, is set to direct Hollywood star Millie Bobby Brown in a film adaptation of the YA novel The Thing About Jellyfish at Universal Studios.

The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin is a stunning debut novel about grief and wonder that was an instant New York Times bestseller.

Description – The Thing About Jellyfish

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting–things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

WANURI KAHIU TO WORK ALONGSIDE VIOLA DAVIS IN WILD SEED FILM ADAPTATION 

Wanuri Kahiu is among writers who will be working on the adaptation of Octavia Butler novel, Wild Seed into a film, in a project by Amazon.

Wanuri, who will also be director of the Wild Seed film, will develop the script alongside Nigeria’s author Nnedi Okorafor.

The show will come to Amazon courtesy of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Production.

Description -Wild Seed

Wild Seed is a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future. Doro, a killer who uses his power to breed people like livestock, encounters Anyanwu, a healer who forces him to reassess his millennia of cruel behavior: for centuries, their personal battles change the course of our world as they struggle against the backdrop of time — master versus slave, man versus woman, killer versus healer.

 

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