Speaking in a recent interview with Guardian Life magazine, filmmaker extraordinaire Kunle Afolayan explained why he doesn’t want people to just see his movies and laugh. He also gave reasons why making commercial films hasn’t appealed to him.
Kunle whose award winning films include October 1st, Phone Swap, CEO and The Figurine also appeared to call out the producers behind the box office hits The Wedding Party and A Trip to Jamaica saying his own style of film making is different.
“A lot of people are doing the wedding parties and trips to Jamaica and they are very commercial. I don’t make films for commercial reasons; I don’t want people to see my films and just laugh, I want them to see my film and discuss it. It doesn’t make those other films anything bad, it is just their style, my style is different,” he explained.
Going further, he also talked about how culture is one of the major influences in his filmmaking process.
“Somewhere in my subconscious I am still very old school, I value culture, it reflects in everything I do, my way of life, the way I try to raise my children. I think that will go a great deal, even if you are placed with the rest of the world, you can still spot the difference. You know who you are, where you’re from. Even if you are going to borrow any culture it will be at your discretion.”