Francis Annan open to doing a film on Kwame Nkrumah
What does it take to capture the most daring prison escape of all time into a film? Although that sounds like a dramatic hyperbole for Francis Annan, he admits that there hasn’t been quite an escape like the one he captured in ‘Escape from Pretoria’, a biopic prison-break thriller set during the anti-apartheid era in South Africa. Francis Annan is the director of the epic movie ‘Escape from Pretoria’
According to Annan ‘Escape from Pretoria’ is based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber); two young white South Africans who were branded as ‘terrorists’ working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. They were incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison’s maximum-security wing in 1978. With breathtaking ingenuity, meticulous surveillance, and wooden keys crafted for 10 steel doors, they make a bid for freedom”.
As the grandson of the famous Justice Daniel Francis Kweipe Annan, Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament from 1993 to 2001, Annan is well aware of the many rich stories waiting to be told from Ghana. One particular story seems to be calling his attention the most.
“Someone has approached me about a Kwame Nkrumah project. They wanted to make it into a TV series but I am a big proponent of film. I am very interested in stories like that and even that of Jerry John Rawlings or my grandfather. Kwame Nkrumah particularly is a story I am still looking at how an iconic feature film could be made out of, ” he hinted.
Although increasingly, there is more and more content from Ghana and the rest of Africa, Francis Annan believes it is important for the continent to find its unique voice and lens in telling its story to the world!