Mona Hits UK Screens In 2017
Filled with political intrigue and psychological edge, Mona the story of one cinema’s first African female assassins hits UK screens this year. Protagonist Mona (Marlene Abuah), a female assassin from Guinea-Bissau has just returned to London from an international operation as the British government contemplates entry into the European Commission. On her arrival, she discovers that the Portuguese government has been instrumental to the death of a loved one. The plot thickens when she decides she must end Portuguese colonial rule by decapitating the Prime Minister. As his official state visit looms, Mona is left with only one chance to assassinate him.
Mona continues to shift boundaries with its diverse, critically acclaimed cast and historic content. Last year, it was well received, showing at numerous international festivals and receiving several accolades including the Grand Nile Prize at the prestigious Luxor African Film Festival.
Lead actor Marlene Abuah trained at the Identity Drama School and has since been seen on stage and screen. Her credits include guest roles on the BBC series Doctor Who and Spooks, Channel 4’s Sugar Rush, Shorts – ‘Cyirima’ and the award-winning Unlucky Mother.
Director, writer and producer Anthony Abuah began his career as an actor in London. Born in Kenya to a Nigerian father and Rwandese/Ugandan mother, he spent most of his youth living in various countries across Central and West Africa. In October 2011, Abuah began production on his debut feature film, Woolwich Boys about a gang of 419 fraudsters in South London, which won critical acclaim.
For Mona, Abuah has partnered with creative visionary, British-Nigerian founder of OKP Productions, Segilola Ogidan who brings with her a wealth of knowledge in script development, production and film finance. In 2014, she successfully completed her first feature film Mum, Dad, Meet Sam, which she wrote and produced herself.
A series of screenings of Mona kicks off exclusively at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square beginning on Saturday, January 21, 2017 with a red carpet affair in the heart of London’s West End.