By Steve Biko Abuya
Published May 23, 2014
A 40-minute thriller film is set for launching in July 2014 in Nairobi.
The film, CONSIGNED TO OBLIVION, is directed by Mark Maina Maingi whose maiden work, TOO LATEâ€”a 20-minute drama about a young man whose reliance on drugs backlashesâ€”was screened and discussed at the 75th monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on April 28, 2014.
â€œThe discovery that film can bring about social change has deepened my passion for creating public awareness media content,â€ Maingi told ArtMatters.Info then. â€œWith the burgeoning penetration of technology in Kenya, disseminating educational content via film and Information Technology outlets will play a decisive role in social awareness. This is why I am focusing on filmmaking.â€
In the forthcoming film, a woman wakes up in an unknown hotel room to find a dead body in the bathroom and blood on her hands but cannot tell what happened. She has just 120 minutes to figure out whose body it is and what might have transpired before she checks out.
Like in its precursor, screenwriter and director Maingiâ€”a Computer Science graduate from the University of Nairobiâ€”begins CONSIGNED TO OBLIVION with suspense to capture the attention of the audience.
Hopefully, the shortcomings detected in TOO LATE, for example a woman giving birth in the streets surrounded by men, will be avoided in the new production whose trailer appears quite tantalizing to the eye.
Maingi says CONSIGNED TO OBLIVION was shot over a two-month period in Nairobi with contributions from family and friends.
The editing of the film that Maingi describes as â€œa neo-noir mystery-psychological thrillerâ€ was completed in April 2014 and it is just awaiting release.
The producers of the filmâ€”James Nganga and Rachael Wainainaâ€”have launched a social media campaign for the film in which the lead role is played by Faith Kibathi. Other actors include Kevin Mugo, Vincent Masore, Ann Wambui, Penina Nyambura, Caroline Cheche and Elmar Grace Mwangi.