MultiChoice Talent Factory Premieres ‘Her Dark Past’, ‘Grown’


The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), West Africa’s leading film school for young, talented and passionate filmmakers, has premiered two feature films ‘Grown’ and ‘Her Dark Past’ on Africa Magic over the weekend. The two films are the final projects of the MTF Class of 2023 students.

‘Grown’ premiered on Africa Magic Showcase at 8.30 pm on Saturday, March 2, will also premiere on Africa Magic Urban at 8 pm on Saturday, March 9.

Her Dark Past premiered on Africa Magic Showcase at 8.30 pm on Sunday, March 3 and will premiere on Africa Magic Urban at 8 pm on Sunday, March 10.

Commenting on the premiere, the Executive Head of Content & West Africa Channels at MultiChoice, Ms Busola Tejumola, said, “We are excited to showcase the works of these truly talented individuals. These films, Her Dark Past and Grown, are not just cinematic experiences, they are the culmination of hard work, dedication, and creativity from the MTF Class of 2023.

“I am immensely proud of the talent and storytelling prowess demonstrated by these young filmmakers and thrilled that Africa Magic will have the opportunity to bring these authentic African stories to our audience across Africa. I urge our customers to catch the premiere of these authentic stories these weekends.”

On his part, MTF West Africa Academy Director, Ms Atinuke Ngozi Babatunde, said, “Her Dark Past and Grown are two films that beautifully capture the pressures of young people living in this social media age, teaching them to relish their youth, be true to themselves and rely on the unwavering support of those who love them beyond the façade of social media.

“They are authentic African stories, told by Africans for Africa and we are proud to bring them to audiences across Africa this March.

“Telling well-crafted stories and creating films of good quality are the hallmarks of the one year these talented young filmmakers spend at the MultiChoice Talent Factory.

“The whole curriculum is designed to ensure that every student who goes through the programme graduates as a solid filmmaker who understands the art and business of filmmaking.

“For the class of 2023, these films were their opportunity to put all their learning into practice. I am super proud of what they have created and can’t wait for the rest of Africa to enjoy the magic as well.”

Set in the 1990’s, Grown is a fantasy drama that explores the themes of adulthood, motherhood, love, fear and magic.

It tells the story of an over-pampered teenager who resents her mother, wishes she was an adult and wakes up to a rude shock one morning as a grown woman with kids.

She experiences the realities of growing up and asks herself “Is adulthood a scam?” and begins a fight to become young again.

The film was written by Nosa Isibor and Boakye D. Alpha and was directed by Ola Jegede and Empress Allen, with Desmond Ebuwa Ekunwe and Nosa Isibor as the producers and Efe Irele, Yemi Cregx, Bobby Ekpe, Najite Dede and Sarah Obiekwe, among others as the casts.

In Her Dark Past, the life of an uber-successful social media influencer and life coach starts to crumble when the child she left for dead resurfaces years later, giving way to a complex spiral of drama that imperils her seemingly perfect life and unearths the trauma she fights daily to bury.

This was directed by Oluwatobi Deborah Ahmed and Samuel Oluwasegun Ogundeyi and produced by Elvis Damptey and Adeniran Wuraola, starring Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman, Daniel Etim Effiong, Iremide Adeoye, Ego Ihenacho and Fadekemi Olumide-Aluko, among others.

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