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Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

24 July 2010

Shirley Frimpong-Manso Makes Movies

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Shirley Frimpong-Manso, filmmaker, producer, scriptwriter, CEO of Sparrow Productions has made several films that have been very popular with Ghanaian audiences and is a key player in the emerging Ghanaian popular movie phenomenon.

Her films, of which some clips are presented below, include, Live and Living it (2009), Scorned (2009), The Perfect Picture (2009), A Sting in a Tail (2009), Checkmate (2010)Six Hours to Christmas (2010), Peep (2011), Contract (2012), Adams Apples (2011-2013), Potomanto (2013), Big for Nothing (2013), Stranger in my Bed (2013), Tenant (2013), Devil in the Detail (2014), Love or Something Like That (2014), V-Republic (2014), Grey Dawn (2015), Rebecca (2016), and the TV series Shampaign (2016).

Since the publication of this post on 24 July 2010, a plethora of information on Shirley Frimpong-Manso has emerged, including a Wikipedia page.

More significantly, Joyce Osei Owusu devoted her thesis research to her work, titled, "Women and the Screen: a study of Shirley Frimpong-Manso's Life and Living It (2007) and Scorned (2008)", which was completed in 2009. During a 2011 interview with me she talked about the research and her doctoral work on Ghanaian women which followed.

The aim of her research was to understand how female filmmakers particularly Shirley Frimpong-Manso concretised her efforts to tell stories and present images of women shaped by values she highly endorsed. Joyce Osei Owusu also analysed how a group of female audiences read the female representations in her first two films: Life and Living It and Scorned.

During the interview Joyce Osei Owusu noted that "Shirley Frimpong-Manso promotes a sense of fashion that is hybrid when she presents in her movies authentic Ghanaian/African textiles like GTP Nuystyle and Woodin which have been designed into formal and informal wear, bags, hair accessories, rosettes, and hats. In a personal interview, she stated that this gesture is her way of supporting the idea that the traditional Ghanaian or African fabric is as good for funerals as it is for corporate board meetings." 

Shirley Frimpong Manso on her new feature film Rebecca and her latest TV series Shampaign

Shirley Frimpong-Manso talks about A Sting in a Tail

Checkmate by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Sparrow Productions

The Perfect Picture by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Sparrow Productions

Scorned by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Sparrow Productions

Report by Beti Ellerson (updated 09 March 2018).

See Joyce Osei Owusu: Researching Ghanaian Women in Cinema, during which she discusses her research on Shirley Frimpong-Manso

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