Blue Pictures, a leading film distribution and consulting company based in Nigeria with a link to West African territories in conjunction with Crimson Multimedia Limted and Filmhouse Cinemas held a VIP media screening for the 2016 Hollywood biographical drama film Sully.
The movie screened at the newly opened Filmhouse IMAX Theatre and had celebrities like Timi Dakolo, Bryan Okwara, Funmi Holder, Ayoola Ayodeji, Marvelous Odiete, amongst others in attendance. Starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley Sully’ Sullenberger, the movie also stars three-time Academy Award nominee, and three-time Tony Award nominee, Laura Liney as Sully’s wife, Aaron Eckhart, Jerry Ferrara, Autumn Reeser, Sam Huntington and Max Adle.
Sully” tells the story of American pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who heroically glided his disabled plane US Airways Flight 1549 onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers onboard. However, even as Sully was being praised by the public and the media for the unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
The movie which is based on Sully’s 2009 book, “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” is produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.
Speaking after the movie, Ben Raynor, General Manager, Filmhouse Cinemas explained that this is the first IMAX in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa and that it is the next step; the next big thing in entertainment.
Explaining the edge of the IMAX screen to others, Ben explains, “The view is bigger, the sound is clearer-not necessarily louder but clearer and you feel every part of the movie. Everything is positioned in such a way that you get optimum view. Whether you sit in the front, the back, by the side or in the middle, your whole vision is of the film. And then when you bring 3D to the whole mix, the 3D comes out better with IMAX.” He concluded by saying that Filmhouse will be opening soon with IMAX screens in other parts of Nigeria.
For Ace McDonald, Lead Creative, BranndIT, “the IMAX is an innovation in Nigerian film industry and we are getting there, because the entertainment industry is getting better than what it used to be.
Speaking after the premier, Season 12 MTN Project Fame winner, Ayoola Ayodeji has these few words: “It was a lovely experience watching Sully on IMAX and I will want to see the technology replicated in every part of the country. To think that the events in Sully actually happened to people in real life is quite humbling especially in a world where millions of lives have been lost due to similar incident, I am just inspired.”