Monday, 25 June 2007

Private eyes are watching you Anika

Precious Ramotswe owns and operates the first and only detective agency in Botswana.
When she inherited from her father a herd of 180 cattle, Precious, an unattached lady--invested all of it in a detective agency.

Asked about her unusual occupation, she answers "Why not? Women are the ones who know what is going on... When people see a sign 'NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY' what will they think? They'll think those ladies will know what's going on."

And so goes the basic premise to the book, “ The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency ” a book I have been curious about reading for a long time, and now it looks like I am going to have to, and with relish.

Not only does one of my fav singers, Jill Scott, have the lead in the film version, but it seems the actress who should have played ‘Deena Jones’, Anika Noni Rose, has been cast as the secretary.
This is great news, especially when you hear that Anthony Minghella is on board to direct, with Sydney Pollack and the Weinstein Co. on board to produce. The talent going in is enough for notice, and for award predictors to start thinking.

Not only is it great news for films, that are not remakes, being made, but also for the more unknown actress who is not white. With the Weinstein’s and Minghella backing the project, one would not be crazy to think about award possibilities. Especially since there are so many films about the socio-economic problems of Africa, one that centres around women in a detective agency will stand out like a breath of fresh air.

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