29th August, 2011
Hundreds of movie lovers and students on holiday have been trooping into the cinemas across the country to watch a new movie, ZR-7: The Red House Seven, a feature film that focuses on the day to day experiences at a typical boarding school.
The movie, an Apple Gazers and Kama Cause production, a Canada-based outfit headed by the duo of Nigeriaâ€™s Olufemi Ogunsanwo and Udoka Oyeka, was opened at various cinemas in Lagos and some major cities on 19 August and it is still enjoying an unprecedented run.
Speaking with NollywoodReel after one of the screenings, Oyeka, who doubled as lead actor and co-director, said the unique features of ZR-7 is the moral values embedded in the story and the nostalgic feelings of life while in boarding school.
â€œDo you remember being woken up early in the morning as a boarding school student? You are called to morning duties, going for labour sessions, playing pranks on your seniors and classmates alike? If you do then you are among those who enjoy the wistful feelings that come with high school reunions. How better can this nostalgic feeling be fed than by a high school movie revolving around the boarding school experience, telling stories of mean seniors to dining time adventures to cutting grasses and some other experiences?â€ Udoka explained.
ZR-7: The Red House Seven is set around the 1990s. The school set was shot at the Federal Government College, Ilorin and Lagos, while the story is a classic life of boarding school adventures involving T.J., a young man in his late 20s. The first draft of his book, ZR-7, is long overdue for the publisher to review and decides the entire draft will be recorded on a tape recorder and only his butler (Alphonso), is an actual witness, he begins to tell his story as the action comes alive.
TJ with six of his Seventh Grade friendsâ€”Rolly-D, Chiedu, UK, Tokunbo, Femi and Jamesâ€”while in JSS1, they are initially shocked by all the hoops they have to jump in order to survive teachers, prefects, wicked seniors, dining hall food, thieves, cutting grass, washing toilets, discovering a bush baby, puppy love and all the other regular experiences anyone in a public Nigerian boarding school would experience. But when TJ and the boys accidentally see a man and two female students in an uncompromising position, what they do with that information is not their only problem in school, but the resulting scandal would change their lives far beyond their wildest dreams.
The movie features largely fresh faces including Ife Komolafe, Gbemi Phillips, Ibiniyi Victor, Oserei John, Kelvin Maduoku, Grace Otoaye, Adeyemi Okanlawon, Ubandawaki Basit, Yakubu Abashiya and Bakare Mubarak as well as top actor, Nobert Young, who played the role of the minister.
It was premiered on 7 August at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos and graced by top celebrities including Stella Damasus, Tiwa Savage and Sasha, among others.