When I first met Anthony Abuah, I was intrigued. There is a rawness to his vibe and an authenticity to his work, that a lot of producers and directors can only hope to fake. One of the things that makes him such a rarity is that he represents a part of the future of British cinema and theatre, especially in terms of meshing different cultures in a way that really works, within a British context.
There are very few directors or producers, who can tell stories on both stage and screen; Anthony is one of the few. That is real power. And his work ethic meant that it took a while for me to catch up with him …
Name: Anthony Abuah
Best known for: A play called “Another Biafra” and producing the Woolwich Boys film
Describe yourself in three words: Educator, Family man and Storyteller.
Your greatest career achievement to date: Getting my book published.
Is international appeal important: Yes.
Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: Pen and notepad.
A typical day for you is: being a husband and a father.
Most common, yet avoidable mistake you see in aspiring producers/directors: Conforming to what they think they should do, based on what others are doing and saying.
Single piece of advice you’d give an aspiring producer/director: Trust your gut.
Directing/ producing course, or ‘learn as you go along’? Learn as you go along.
You live in: London.
Favourite food: Spaghetti bolognese
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: Nobody really knows the future.
What do you do for leisure? Boxing and researching.
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: I find my iPhone useful, but I can do without it.
Your most over-used word: “Integrity”.
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