From November 17th, Moviegoers who head to the big screens to watch ÈGÚN will be thrilled to see a never-seen Nigerian office suspense drama.
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ÈGÚN stars Gideon Okeke, Omowunmi Dada, Uzor Arukwe, Femi Jacobs, Bolaji Ogunmola, Adedimeji Lateef, Olarotimi Fakunle, Yekini Ibrahim, Vee Iye, Tomike Adeoye, Darasimi Nnadi, Ejiro Onajaife and Taye Arimoro
See below photos from the making of the title directed by Carmen Ike Okoro, and produced by IfeOluwa Olujuyigbe, with a story by Kayode Kasum and Dare Olaitan
When a group of office workers receive a mysterious package, it triggers a chain of confessions, each revealing hidden secrets. As they open up about their pasts, the revelations take a deadly turn. Now, they must confront their dark truths and deal with the consequences that follow.
According to the director, ÈGÚN promises to make you laugh in unexpected moments. This is owing to the immersive performances of the ensemble and the humour most Nigerians are experts at finding in crisis
Inspiration/References for the making of this title
The inspiration for this office thriller/drama stems from my fascination with the complexities of human relationships within a confined workspace.
Most of us have been in structures like that so it’s such a relatable concept. Drawing from psychological thrillers like ‘Mother’ by Darren Aronofsky, ‘Soole’ by Kayode Kasum, Egun explores the suspenseful interplay of characters under intense pressure.
The Nigerian situation creates a lot of mental challenges for most people and it is important to show creatively, what those mental challenges can turn into if it is not checked and balanced. This is what Egun also explores
Ultimately, our film calls for Nigerians to look out for one another and treat everyone with love, dignity and respect. A lot of these were also inspired by many of the teachings of clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson.
The director’s approach to the title and her overall vision
My approach to Egun is rooted in a desire to explore the dark sides of human nature within the setting of an office. The vision for the film delves into the psychological complexities of Nigerians when confronted with their deepest secrets.
The overall vision aimed to create a tense and claustrophobic atmosphere. Because that’s what it’s like to be stuck and faced with an unusual problem; you feel a sense of claustrophobia. So, the choice of office space and camera blockings were intentional in creating that feeling.
Another path my vision crossed was to show that big dreams and goals can sometimes go too far and end up hurting people. The story, like in “Breaking Bad,” unfolds slowly to caution us about the consequences of chasing ambitions without thinking about the impact on others.
Most of our characters are quite successful and we all know that success doesn’t come without ambition. But oftentimes, we take it too far. I also aimed to show how a man who has been mistreated by society can become a problem to society if left unchecked.
To express this, I showed the diminishing of our main character’s conscience through voices in his head and seeing of false spirits. Finally, I demonstrated the relevance of not just having principles and values, but also upholding them at all times
what audiences can look forward to if they watch the title
Viewers can look forward to a narrative that slowly reveals the darker sides of human beings, while emphasizing the consequences of our big dreams and goals. Egun also promises to make you laugh in unexpected moments.
This is owing to the immersive performances of our ensemble and the humour most Nigerians are experts at finding in crisis. Egun invites audiences to reflect on their own journeys, delivering not
just a thrilling story but also a humorous and deep exploration of the