Outset is a Kenyan short film about ”Oti” who is facing a mid life crisis of sorts, exhibited by a severe drinking problem who gets a second shot at life through his wife’s intervention through kindness and love.
I like this movie because it shows the reality of Kenyan families today- men under pressure to succeed in life by a certain age resort to alcohol when they feel they have failed. It is a sad reflection on our society and we must change. It gives you the feeling that life is not about success as we know it, or love as society tells us about it, but more that faith, self believe, kindness and most importantly, character is needed to overcome addiction.
Oti was lucky enough to marry a woman of character and that is what saved him. It’s funny to see his tribulations though, a must watch film.
The film is in post production and set to premiere at the end of June 2015.
You can see the trailer for Outset here: https://youtu.be/Q3ChcTJAj4I
The Outset Cast
Kimani Wandaka who plays Oti the main character says Outset was a new experience for him, something out of his comfort zone that he enjoyed doing. He enjoyed E.M.Mwangi as the director as he had a unique eye for details and knew what made him tick when it came to delivering in his character. He thinks of himself as an artist and a philosopher. ”Film is the best artistic medium for me because through pictures and sound I have the power to express my ideas and beliefs to great number of people.”
Apart from being an actor he is an aspiring director of photography. Some of his works include; Caprice, A surprise, Angles of my face, Time left
Jenny-Played by Njeri Gatehru.Njeri Gatheru says she decided to do film because it’s the thing she is most passionate about. Outset was the first film she acted in and she instantly fell in love with the art of acting.”With outset I gave it my all.” She says.
She has acted in Chance and Political quagmire which have been written by Charity Moraa.
Kingston-played by Glenn Leon Ageng’o. Glenn is twelve years old with ambition. Acting has been one of his goals in life and he has just started the journey. Outset was his first film role and it was different, a new and a thrilling experience which he won’t mind doing over and over and getting better at it. He also wants to be a footballer and a doctor.
DIRECTOR – E.M.MWANGI
Before anything, E. M. Mwangi is a Christian first, then a filmmaker. Why did he choose film? “Because there are so many issues in society that are either yet to be addressed, or are addressed poorly. And because of that, when you can’t appeal to someone through the front door of reason, you have to appeal to them through the back door of IMAGINATION – hence film.” Any other works? He has Directed – Shattered flower, and award winning documentary on Female Genital Mutilation. – Director – Gogo’s Seed – a stop motion animation film highlighting the plight of elephants. – Director – Outset – A short film that highlights the missing component, in combating addictions – LOVE. – Cinematographer – Shoes – A short story that uses a pair of feet to appeal to the emotion, Love and Rejection.
PRODUCER – CHARITY MORAA
“I am a film maker because film chose me… Who am I kidding? I chose it or maybe we met in those lonely lost days. When I watch a film I am lost in it all. Nothing else matters and for a second everything else is in synchrony. I am a writer and using that I make things up then come up with scripts then arrange for their shootings from organizing a crew to making sure you watch the end product no matter where you are. This is my way of giving back, being useful and making a difference. In everything I do I hope to make you lost in it all.. I have produced and written and directed Beautiful people, produced and written and Outset. I have written We Steal and Political quagmire.”
CREDITS: DIRECTED BY E.M.MWANGI WRITTEN BY CHARITY MORAA PRODUCED BY CHARITY MORAA EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BERNARD OWOUR CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FAITH KING”OLA DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY KENNETH GICHOHI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FAITH KING”OLA ART DIRECTOE PETER PAGES COSTME MANAGER MARGARET NJERI GAFFER BRADLEY KIPKEMBOI SOUND JOSEPHINE OBUDO SOUND ASSISTANT MUTEGI. K.MARTIN EDITED BY AUSTIN OPATA MUSIC BY MUTEGI.K.MARTIN MAKE UP BY MERAN RANDA PROPS MANAGER WAKARIAMA WANGUI CONTINUITY RICHARD NGABURI SLATE JIMIE KAFE CAMERA ASSISTANT IAN WANJOHI
STARRING: KIMANI WANDAKA NJERI GATHERU GLENN LEON AGENG’O NOAH KIPKEMBOI PERIS WAMBUI