Nollywood is the amazing nigerian cinema film industry. They specialise in shooting low budget films that usually rip off the more famous hollywood or bollywood industry. They make about 50 movies a week and they are the second largest film industry in the world. But is their decision to pick quantity over content really a good one? Well ye it is. Nollywood is the second largest workforce in nigeria behind agriculture and it is able to bring in over 600 million dollars into the nigerian economy a year. This is outstanding for a developing country and one that doesn’t really have access to the high quality summer blockbusters that holly wood is able to produce.
So why are they so popular if the majority of their movies are poorly written, edited and acted? Well they are somewhat cult classics in this sense. Take the cult classic ‘The Room’ for example. I is regarded as one of the worst movies ever produced in Hollywood. It was solely funded, directed, produced and even starred a millionaire call Tommy Wiseau. The acting is atrocious all throughout the movie, the editing is shoddy and the story makes no sense in the way that it was released, and some (if not all) of Tommy Wiseau ( who also played the main protagonist) is dubbed over in post. The Room belongs to a genre known as thrash cinema. It is getting more and more popular with movies like ‘The Room’ gaining large social media followings. Trash cinema is comprised of terrible movies. Regular trash cinema watches often state that they watch because either, they love bad movies, they feel a connection to these movies, they like to try and understand the idea that the director was going for, etc. I believe most Nollywood films come under the concept of trash cinema. They are easily low budget and poorly written movies with most actors not having any formal acting training and the editors using very low budget equipment. Trash cinema is also very popular these days as movies and scenes can be very easily meme’d on social media. And due to the abundance of movies coming out each week, there is never any shortage of content for these internet meme lords to use.
After watching a couple Scenes from many different movies and different genres of movies, I completely understand why Nollywood films are so popular. It is really fun to point out the small, yet hilarious mistakes made in these movies and also the inconsistencies that have almost become a staple in all Nollywood films. However, I believe that the most enjoyable movies to watch are those where Nollywood has ripped off some Hollywood Summer Blockbuster. It’s amazing to see a very low budget version of a movie I love and it always gets me thinking about how the public would act if a large movies studio release a movie this terrible.
I believe that films such as those produced in Nollywood are the future of all film making. There is a certain character that each one of these movies ave that make you enjoy just that little bit more.