English actor Idris Elba has announced plans to establish a world-class film studio in Ghana and in other parts of West Africa.
Elba met with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee Palace.
Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during his visit, the actor explained that while much can be achieved in the African film industry, facilities are lacking.
Therefore, Idris Elba is convinced that once completed, the project will be strong and competitive when it comes to getting filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.
“We’ve been working on this space for three or four years now to develop a plan that puts a facility at the heart of the African film industry,” Elba told Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on Friday.
The actor added; “They have a big facility in South Africa and a lot of films are shot there. We have recognized that politics is where the real groundwork needs to be laid. We studied South African models, amazing stimulus packages. Greece and Morocco and all of them are places where they recognize the value of cinema and put that policy into practice.”
“The National Film Authority has done this work and put together a very comprehensive plan to move Ghana forward. It has to be strong and competitive with the rest of the world. We definitely think that Ghana should step up to attract these filmmakers and set standards for what we need to do.”