I re­fused in­de­cent of­fers from rich spon­sors to make my movie - Judy Austin

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY STYLE -

Nol­ly­wood ac­tress Judy Austin, who re­cently re­leased her movie, Na­tive Girl, is speak­ing about her en­coun­ters with some rich men who she had ap­proached to spon­sor it.

Muoghalu Uchechukwu Ju­dith, pop­u­larly known as Judy Austin, told In­side Nol­ly­wood that she will never sleep around for fame.

The ac­tress said: “I started act­ing in the year 2013. You know in the in­dus­try, most times peo­ple don’t get to act a very chal­leng­ing role that would re­ally show­case their tal­ents.

“Most times, roles are be­ing given to the same group of artistes, and I am not say­ing it’s wrong but it lim­its the chances of oth­ers in show­cas­ing their own char­ac­ters too.

“So, I thought to my­self, the best way for me show the world the stuff I’m made of was to pro­duce my own film and take on the most chal­leng­ing role in it. I also got in­spi­ra­tion from my col­lege mates Ruth Kadiri and Chioma Okoye, and I felt it was time to be my ab­so­lute best.

“That’s how the thought of pro­duc­ing Na­tive Girl, came along, even when I had no money for it. I had to start look­ing for funds. It wasn’t easy at all. I mean, some of them wanted to go to the bed­room with me, while some thought the in­vest­ment was too small.

“Fi­nally an old friend sup­ported me with what he had and I com­pleted the bud­get with all my sav­ings,” she re­vealed.

The Anam­bra-state born ac­tress main­tained that her new movie, Na­tive Girl, was mainly to pro­mote the Igbo lan­guage which is rapidly go­ing into ex­tinc­tion.

“Na­tive Girl came to light with the help of my di­rec­tor His Ex­cel­lency Yul Edochie. In this present time, it’s like we some­how don’t ap­pre­ci­ate our na­tive lan­guages… Peo­ple teach their chil­dren how to speak English but not their na­tive tongue.

“Peo­ple travel and come back and all of a sud­den they don’t speak their lan­guage again. The most painful part is that they’re ir­ri­tated by those that speak their lan­guage. I just wanted a touch of the Igbo lan­guage.” (Nol­ly­wood Films)

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