Why we did ‘Potato Potahto’ – Joke Silva, OC Ukeje

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Having been screened in film festivals like Cannes Film Festival, Silicon Valley African Film Festival, Durban Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival and others,  ‘Potato Potahto’, by Ghanaian producer, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, centred on divorce, but told in a comic way, is set to hit Nigerian cinemas from November 24, 2017.

Two major casts of the movie, Joke Silva and OC Ukeje, shared their experience and what attracted them to the script.

Joke Silva

On her role as the mother-in-law of Tony played by OC Ukeje, Joke Silva says, “I read the script and I knew it was something I wanted to be part of.  Many times, mothers-in-law are portrayed as difficult women who never relate well with their child’s spouse. ‘Potato Potahto’, shows another side to this; it shows a woman who takes her son-in-law as her son. It portrays a woman who allows her daughter make her choices, while gently nudging her on the right path. It is a truly wonderful movie.”

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OC Ukeje

For OC Ukeje, the professionalism of the job, attracted him to accepting the role, “First of all, I have a bias for Shirley Frimpong-Manso because she is a great person, an accomplished director and her work is pretty defined. Her team is strong and professional. And I had the advantage of working with Joselyn Dumas on a project previously so it was easy to tap into aspects of our chemistry. All those elements came together to make it a good call.”

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According to the producer Shirley Frimpong-Manso, “The movie was really just wanting to write something fun: A romantic comedy that treats a serious topic differently”.

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The movie tells the story of a couple, who decide to still live in their matrimonial home even after they split.
‘Potato Potahto’ will also be released in South African cinemas on November 24th and Ghanaian cinemas on November 30th, 2017.

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