17 December 2012

Uganda: Comedian Asks for Govt Boost

East African Business Week's Flavia Nassaka caught up with Isaac Kuddzu a.k.a 'Sobba' one of the most recognized comedians and actors in the country to discuss the fate of Uganda's film industry.

When did you start acting?

Sobba started acting way back in school. But hit the big stage in 2003, I have worked with about three groups - Kyambogo Univ. Creative and Performing Arts Centre, Theatre Factory and now am with Fun Factory .

What inspired you to join the film industry?

PASSION and I look at it as a JOB... Then a couple of other things like curiosity and the constant stream of imaginations that comes with it, plus in film you are not locked to a specific routine.

Why do you think film makers are mainly concentrated in Kampala?

That's not true, amazingly there are quite a number of projects in the country sides and you will be surprised how much talent has been discovered out there.

Why has Uganda's film industry failed to take off?

It has taken off in my view. It's a slow start, very slow that you could hardly notice but we are steadily going ahead.

Do you think setting up an independent school of film will help develop the talent?

This will come in so handy. We need that kind of boost too, especially when it comes to harnessing, fine tuning and brushing up the skills in all aspects of the trade.

Why is the music industry over taking you?

Personally I think people's way of looking at stuff is interesting. Music and film? I would say, much as it's all art. These two are entirely different.

Have the increased number of soap operas tele cast on almost every TV station affected you?

No they have actually increased the awareness that we have superb talent in this country, right from concept developers, script writers all the way down the chain.

How has the Ugandan law helped in protecting your creative works?

Well things were not properly streamlined guess because the law makers didn't see it coming but on the brighter side some structures are now being put in place though it's more about putting money in the government pockets as opposed to ours so as to help make the industry self sustaining.

Are film makers included in the budgetary allocations?

Am not saying it's not there but honestly I don't know about any such thing that shows you how far apart we are with the government.

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