Shirley Frimpong Manso
One of Africa’s best female directors Shirley Frimpong Manso’s ‘Potato Potahto”, an African marital comedy of errors, based in Ghana, was premiered at the just concluded Cannes film festival, France, and it presumably launched the film into the global film market, as it was greeted with a unquestionable endorsement at the festival.
The film tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home ended in chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.
“I have written a lot about marriage and new relationships but never about divorce. I wanted to put a hilarious spin on it, especially when the divorcees become victims of their own tricks.” Shirley spoke when asked about the inspiration behind the movie.
The film has broken new ground with its Ghanaian, Nigerian, British, French and Swedish co-production aimed at making African-made cinema more accessible to global markets. Starring the likes of OC Ukeje, Ghanaian actress and TV star Joselyn Dumas, and award winning Nollywood veteran Joke Silva, award winning Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Lala Akindoju, Nikki Samonas, Adjetey Anang and Victoria Micheals.
According to one of the eyes that was present at Cannes who saw the film, “Potato Potahto”, he said, “the movie is a fantastic showcase of how international co-operation, talent and creativity can combine to give a wonderful and universally attractive film experience.”