Biopics aren’t something that Nigerian film makers have really delved into which is another reason why Imoh Umoren’s ‘The Herbert Macaulay’ affair is even more riveting.
Set in the 1920s during the bubonic plague in Lagos, the movie follows the historical figure who just returned from England and fights to end the segregation he sees in Nigeria.
While the story followed some of his exploits, it dives even deeper into his love affair with Caroline Pratt whose father is already opposed to the union due to their differing ideologies.
The movie stars William Benson, Tonia Chukwurah, Kelechi Udegbe, Saheed Balogun, Stanlee Ohikhuare and others.
Of the Herbert Macaulay affair, director Imoh Umoren said that the idea to do the movie came when researching the Nigeria at 100 documentary. The award-winning director claimed that there is so much in terms of untapped story in Nigeria that he just had to do this movie.
“As we delved in, I realised there were so many parts of our history that we did not touch. For me, I choose to make the story about him to remind Nigerians that we as a people had never stood for tyranny. We spoke in one voice and overcame oppression together.” he said.
Explaining the story itself, Imoh added: ”The Herbert Macaulay Affair is the story of young Herbert who returned from studying overseas to sow the seeds for the revolution that would eventually lead to our Independence. The story takes place between 1898 and 1925. It dives into his personal life, his love for Caroline Pratt and his family and his love for the people. We see different sides of Herbert; The Lover and The Revolutionist.”
It’s set to hit cinemas on the 25th of October 2019 and it is highly anticipated.
Check out the trailer below
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