After a year bursting with great stories on television and film both in the local and international scene, 2018 has a lot to live up to.
ActScene takes a look at what could be some of the biggest television shows and films this year
Created by Moses Owiro and directed by Jackson Busaka, this show tells the story of the struggles of breaking into the Kenyan hip hop industry. It follows an upcoming hip hop artiste called Dash who has to go to the limits of his own morality to answer the age old question “how far will you go to achieve your dreams”.
Kenyan based international actor Blessing Lung’aho plays the main villain, a drug lord from the ghetto called Mustafa. Speaking to ActScene, Lung’aho said it was by far the darkest character he has ever attempted.
“I scared myself watching playback of some scenes, it’s quite the show,” Kenyan sensational singer Fena Gitu will also make an appearance in the show as well as radio presenter Barack Jacuzzi.
Selina is a beautiful series about a girl and her destiny. The show revolves on a kind and gentle young girl from the village whose dream is to be a fashion guru, but other devious people have plans for her.
It stars Pascal Tokodi and Celestine Gachuhi. Tokodi plays Nelson, a young man from a well off family, the family which runs Mrembo Farm where
Selina and her family work. One day Nelson is sent to shut down Mrembo Farm, while there, he ends up meeting Selina and the drama begins.
The show is a story of love, deception and betrayal.
This groundbreaking reality competition that has launched the careers of superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Fantasia will return in March.
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the series.
Netflix sparked outrage last year when it cancelled the show which is partly shot in Kenya, claiming that its audience wasn’t large enough to justify the financial strain of a third season.
That audience proved its passion by starting petitions and penning persuasive essays about why the show deserved better. And that campaign seems to have finally paid off. The creators of the show announced the series will return to Netflix this year with a final two-hour special.
Black Panther burst into popular consciousness as the first mainstream comic-book superhero of African descent.
And now he’s the first black character to get a stand-alone feature within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Çhalla, king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He’s a “powerful warrior and strategic genius in politics and economics” (if a leaked casting call can be believed) also known for leaping into combat wearing Vibranium-enhanced sacred armor.
Lupita Nyong’o turns up as a covert agent in T’Challa’s employ who strikes down foes with righteous fury, while Michael B Jordan plays the bad guy:
an exiled prince turned mega buff super villain whose bad blood with Black Panther threatens to drag Wakanda into a world war.
A former Kenyan traffic police officer hired by a young woman to look for her daughter finds himself caught up in a web of lies and deceit and must battle to save his family whilst in a locked room.
The film seeks to push the benchmarks of Kenyan filmmaking up a notch by introducing new genres little known to an African audience i.e. neo-noir.
According to the director of the movie Mark Maina, the film speaks about the adverse effects of greed, denial and guilt and is filmed in black and white sequence.
It is a detective story with a healthy dose of paranoia or, at the very least, a strong sense of insecurity, betrayal, or being trapped.
The main character of the story finds himself irreversibly caught up in a web of lies and is unable to leave his own room hence feeling kidnapped and boxed in.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Few movies have seemed more destined to make a billion dollars than Avengers: Infinity War.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has shifted the foundation of modern Hollywood in the past decade, and 10 years almost to the day since it launched with 2008’s Iron Man, it will deliver its most ambitious project yet: a film that unites every single protagonist introduced in its 17-picture run.
Ryan Reynolds starred in the first installment which was released in early 2016 and became one of the most insanely profitable movies in recent history.
Creative differences led to Deadpool director Tim Miller’s replacement in the sequel by Atomic Blonde director and former stuntman David Leitch.
Audiences will get to find out how much of the scented magic of the original was due to its director and how much was due to Reynolds. Supporting actors Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz will likely be charming.
It is one of the many big, female-driven films in Hollywood and the centrepiece is this highly anticipated reboot. Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy (which was itself a reboot, of course) will star Sandra Bullock who leads the team as Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie.
After getting out of prison she immediately begins planning a heist at the star-studded Met Ball. Nobody said 2018 was going to be easy, but at least we’ll have Cate Blanchett and Rihanna on screen together as god intended.