Filmmaker Abel Mutua has disclosed that the team behind his new movie Click Click Bang has already made more than Sh2.5 million so far from the release.
Abel Mutua says that the film produced by Phil It Production which is based on a true story of his childhood friend by the name Kev who turns to crime after his football dreams crumble down, was able to make this amount since a lot of people turned up fop the screenings this previous weekend at the Nairobi Cinema.
“Kenyans turned out in such large numbers, we had four screenings and we had 2,500 people. That has never happened in this country before, we shattered a record there. There is no better feeling than that,” he explained.
Mutua said that the team had targeted more than Sh6 million in order to cater for production expenses such as paying the actors as well as investing in the next film which is already in the making.
“I know consistency will take us to the next level, and with that said, the next film is already in the works. We will meet again in November,” he hinted.
Its cast features top Kenyan actors such as Isaboke Nyakundi who played the role ‘Silas’ in the local TV drama series Maria, Shigwan Shiqo, Jacky Vike (Awinja), Basil Mungai and even rapper Khaligraph Jones who makes an acting debut.
In a previous interview Abel had addressed the notion amongst Kenyan creatives that for a film to succeed it has to be funded by outsiders and urged them not to be reluctant to fund their own projects as it is also a channel for them to do authentic Kenyan stories.
“If you look at the bigger picture you’ll find there is something Kenyan producers are not doing every time they rely on outsiders for funding but once we finance our own projects we will have the motivation to push it towards success,” he said.
His team is now anticipating to meet their target after the demand shot up, with Kenyans outside Nairobi requesting screenings in their respective towns.
Watch links will also be put up for sale to those who don’t manage to attend the screenings.
By Stella Anyango.