Michelle Bello the British/Nigerian award winning Director (Flower Girl) is set to go back behind the camera to direct her next film project, a 40 minute Family Drama with strong thriller elements titled ‘And the Spirit Slowly Dies’ written and produced by UK based Writer/Producer Dapo Oshiyemi.
The film tells the story of the only daughter of one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. Both Father and Daughter love and admire each other dearly but when their dreams clash, they embark upon a monumental psychological, emotional and physical battle as they become the biggest obstacle to each other’s happiness.
The film is scheduled to shoot in the latter part of 2015 with a line-up of top talent from Nigeria, South Africa, USA and UK in front of and behind the camera.
Michelle said of the news “I’m really excited, I never thought my next project would be a short film but when Dapo sent me the script, I was hooked! It is a fantastic script with great characters and I can’t wait to start working with the world class team we’re putting together. I’m thrilled about what we are about to do with this film and for the world to see it.”
In 2007, Michelle produced and directed her first feature film Small Boy set in Lagos Nigeria. The film became an instant success in the US as out of 400 films, it was nominated for two awards at the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2008 for the Heineken Red Star Award for Innovation in Film and the Target Filmmaker Award for Most Inspirational Film. On home territory, Small Boy went on to win two African Movie Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Young Child Actor in April 2009.
Associate Producer Dipo Abdul said- Over the years I have been working quietly behind the scenes with Dapo on many film projects we have in development and I’m delighted that this will be the first of many great films we have in the pipeline to get to a global audience”.
Talking Drum Entertainment, a media company that handles black film and TV distribution will handle distribution strategy and sales.