So Adi what inspired you to act?
I get asked that question a lot, and I think I was inspired by the magic of it all. I have loved performing since my first ballet class aged 5. From then I found a love of acting as a means of escape from reality. In my characters lives I could become anyone I wanted to.
You have a wide range of experience, but you seem to lend towards film, what makes film special to you?
I love to watch film and I love to make film. I think it’s because the stories resonate with an audience deeper on film. I love to tell stories through film, develop my characters…I love everything about film-the marriage of the actors, the story, the beautiful shots and the compelling music.
You made a short film recently, can you tell our readers a bit about it? What is the message? Why you wanted to make it? where the idea came from?
I had the idea a long time ago. My first reason was that I wanted to create something that would show off my skill set as an actress and challenge me, but also, most importantly I wanted strong female leads. The story is based around some issues I have experienced directly or issues that have effected people I know. I knew that I wanted to write a story that made an impact, that made people ask questions and ultimately wanted to know more…
What did you find most challenging about the filming progress?
There are often challenges in anything we pursue. But I’d say the most challenging aspects where keeping to time schedules and working with the unpredictable outdoor weather conditions which effects light and sound. I’d also say getting everyone available to film at the same time was a challenges. Hence why the film is yet to be completed.
Did you fund the film yourself? You got some money rom Kickstarter, was this a good resource?
I did fund the film myself, along with the help of Kickstarter and I would definitely recommend it to independent film makers. The one thing which surprised me, was how many people believed in me and my idea.
Did you have any particular problems that you had to solve while making your short?
When filming there are sometimes small problems such as perhaps continuity issues, or equipment failing. We had a few issues with sound and had to ADR some scenes. Apart from that the film has been an absolute dream.
You won a award for Best Actress NAFCA (African Oscars) For your part in Ortega and His Enemies as Diaspora 2014. This must have felt good!
Yes! It was a very sureal moment. I didn’t expect to win as I up against some experienced and known actresses. But it’s such a wonderful feeling to be recognised as being good at something you’re passionate about and you believe in.
At the Oscars recently there was a distinct lack of diversity in the nominees, how do you feel about this?
I think it’s good that people are talking about it, and I do feel that the oscars has not made a true representation of the diverse talent that’s out there. but I also worry that because of the uproar they may feel pressure to nominate and award black and ethnic minorities just so they don’t get back lash from the public. That would not be helpful at all. I have though lost a lot of respect for the oscars, the debate has brought to light how many flaws there are in its process.
How do you feel the industry needs to address the issue of recognising and creating opportunities for all ethitcies
I like the thought of having colour blind casting. I like that anybody of any ethnicity or gender could play a certain role and not be asked questions. It would be nice to not be stereotyped into a role, it would be nice if mainstream a media outlets considered the talent and work from all ethnicities. We need to be positively and properly represented on the screens and on stage. Can we not see colour for little bit??