Wednesday, January 16, 2008

First Peek at Jill Scott's No.1 Detective Agency

Shout out to Blackfilm.com for emailing this to me!

Y'all already know I'm a huge fan of Jill Scott. Whether it's her music, acting, poetry, or performances I'm there. That said, I'm really looking forward to her lead role in this new film, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency shot entirely in Botswana.

For those of us willing to admit we don't know all that we should about the African continent, Botswana is located right above South Africa. Check the map HERE.

The film is based on a series of eight novels by Rhodesian author Alexander McCall Smith. In them he tells the adventurous stories of Precious Ramotswe (RAH-moats-way), Botswana's proprietor of the first female-owned detective agency. I'm envisioning an African Angela Lansbury from tv series, Murder She Wrote. I loved that show! This film adaptation of the books is directed and written by Anthony Minghella, the same screenwriter and director of Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Also in the cast is the almost forgotten Dreamgirl, Anika Noni Rose, This Christmas' Idris Elba, and African talents, John Kani, Desmond Dube, Lucian Msamati, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.

In the video below get one of the first looks of Jill and the cast on location in Botswana before the film hits screens hopefully sometime this year. But According to AOL Black Voices, it won't have rush to theatres. The BBC will air the film, and depending on it's success may turn it into a series.




And check out this behind-the-scenes footage I found on YouTube from the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency's production office in Botswana. I really want one of the hoodies shown. Besides a paycheck, I love collecting quality S.W.A.G (Stuff We All Get) after a production even if I didn't work on it.



Here are photos from the set. IMDb doesn't even have these yet! A click makes them bigger.







1 comment:

frederick said...

Great scoop, A! Keep the stories coming, and I also think its awesome that you reported that the Image awards will be happening. Most awards shows have been in disarray since the WGA strike. I support the WGA! Cheers!