House of Gold (film)

House of Gold (released as Family Runs on DVD) is a 2013 Ghanaian Nigerian comedy film, produced by Yvonne Nelson and directed by Pascal Amanfo. It stars Majid Michel, Yvonne Nelson, Omawumi Megbele, Mercy Chinwo, Ice Prince Zamani, Eddie Watson and Francis Odega.[2][3][4][5]

House of Gold
House of Gold poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPascal Amanfo
Written byPascal Amanfo
Produced byYvonne Nelson
Starring
CinematographyValee Dakup
Edited byOkey Benson
Music byBernie Anti
Production
companies
Media GH
YN Productions
Pascal Amanfo Expression
Distributed bySilverbird Distributions Limited (theatrical)
Henrikesim Multimedia (home media)
Release dates
  • 12 April 2013 (2013-04-12) (Ghana)
  • 19 July 2013 (2013-07-19) (Nigeria)
Running time
118 minutes
CountriesGhana
Nigeria
LanguagesEnglish
French
Box office₦15,454,401 (Nigerian domestic gross)[1]

The film narrates the story of a business mogul and a socialite, Dan Ansah Williams who is dying of cancer and has been told that he has six weeks left to live. He makes a decision with the help of his attorney to call all his children back home, most of whom were born out of wedlock and various illicit affairs. The re-union spins a lot of surprises as each child returns with an agenda, which gives hilarious results.

It was released on 12 April 2013 in Ghana and on 19 July 2013 in Nigeria. Though the film was met with generally negative critical reviews, it received nominations at the 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, 2013 Ghana Movie Awards, 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and 2013 Zulu African Film Academy Awards. It won six awards at the latter, including categories: "Best Picture", "Best Director", "Best Supporting Actor", "Best Supporting Actress" and "Best Cinematography".

CastEdit

  • Majid Michel as Freddie Dan Ansah
  • Yvonne Nelson as Timara Dan Ansah
  • Omawumi Megbele as Nina Dan Ansah
  • Umar Krupp as Peter Dan Ansah
  • Eddie Watson as Sam
  • Francis Odega as John Bosco
  • Luckie Lawson as Mitchel Dan Ansah
  • Amanorbea Dodoo as Barrister Paula
  • Mercy Chinwo as Lucia
  • Ice Prince Zamani as Tony
  • Dream Debo as Judas
  • Marlon Mave as Jamal Dan Ansah
  • Emefal Atse as Jasmine
  • Pascal Amanfo as Clifford Dan Ansah

ReleaseEdit

A promotional trailer of House of Gold was released on YouTube on 4 March 2013.[6] The film was premiered in Ghana on 12 April 2013[7] and in Nigeria on 19 July 2013,[3] before going on a general theatrical release in Nigeria.[8][9] It was released on DVD with the title Family Runs in November 2013 by Henrikesim Multimedia Concept.[10]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

House of Gold grossed a total of ₦15,454,401 in Nigerian cinemas, peaking at number 3 on the Box Office chart, at the time of its release, .[1]

Critical receptionEdit

The film was generally met with negative reviews. Nollywood Reinvented rated the film 28%, stating that the narrative "takes some getting used to" and concluded: "House of Gold is ‘nothing spectacular’, but it is ‘nothing spectacular’ dressed in pretty clothes and filled with many comic moments".[11] Sodas and Popcorn comments: "House of Gold began with great potential but somehow ended up going last-flight-to-abuja on us all and just crashes shortly after takeoff". It gave the film 2 out of 5 and concluded by stating: "addicts would have had a great time watching this movie, which admittedly was indeed funny. But then, it is what it is; A badly written funny movie. If you are a big fan of a GOOD movie and you were attracted to this movie by the awesome title and lovely poster, then move along. Nothing here for you".[12] Wilfred Okiche of YNaija panned the film, stating that "The plot is repetitive, scripting is wishy washy, characters come and go in a disastrous blur and nothing here is particularly memorable, not even in a bad way". He however commended Francis Odega's performance, but concluded: "Yvonne Nelson and Majid Michel cannot save this House of Gold from sinking".[13] Ameyaw Debrah of Africa Magic gave a mixed review and concluded: "House Of Gold has a lot of good laugh-out-loud moments which make up for the not too impressive acting and fickle storyline. Not a collector’s item but a good movie to see with the family or with friends".[14] Efe Doghudje of 360Nobs gave 3.5 out of 10 stars and concluded: "Family Runs [House of Gold] was a miscue in terms of production quality, post production and scripting, which is very unlike the team that put Single and Married together".[15] Ada Arinze of Connect Nigeria comments: "The movie starts out well, with lots of laughs, but spirals down into a boring and predictable ending".[16]

AccoladesEdit

The film received eight nominations at the 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, eleven at the 2013 Ghana Movie Awards, a nomination at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and another eleven nominations at the 2013 Zulu African Film Academy Awards. It won six awards at the latter, including categories: "Best Picture", "Best Director", "Best Supporting Actor" for Francis Odega, "Best Supporting Actress" for Omawumi Megbele, "Best Use of Costume" and "Best Cinematography".

Complete list of Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Director Pascal Amanfo Nominated
Best Drama Nominated
Best Comedy Nominated
Best Costume Nominated
Most Promising Actress (Best New Actress) Omawumi Megbele Nominated
Most Promising Actor (Best New Actor) Umar Krupp Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Francis Odega Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Pascal Amanfo Nominated
2013 Ghana Movie Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Writing (Adapted or Original Screenplay) Nominated
Best Original Score Berni Anti Nominated
Best Production Design Nominated
Best Editing Okey Benson Nominated
Best Music (Original Song) Berni Anti, Mercy Chinwo Nominated
Best Makeup and Hair Stylist Joyce Mensah Nominated
Best African Collaboration - Best Actor Francis Odega Nominated
Best African Collaboration - Best Actress Omawumi Megbele Nominated
Best Sound Mixing and Editing Berni Anti Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Henry Adofo Asiedu Nominated
2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actor in a Drama Majid Michel Nominated
2013 Zulu African Film Academy Awards[17][18] Best Picture Pascal Amanfo Won
Best Director Won
Best Actress Yvonne Nelson Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Francis Odega Won
Best Supporting Actress Omawumi Megbele Won
Best Newcomer Henry Ado Asiedu, Mercy Chiwo Nominated
Best Child Performance Lisa Asor Awuku Nominated
Best Use of Costume Won
Best Screenplay Pascal Amanfo Nominated
Best Cinematography Won
Best Sound Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Ice Prince Makes His Debut African Movie Appearance – House Of Gold". Nigstars. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
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  10. ^ Oyewoga, Wole (20 November 2013). "Majid Michel,Yvonne Nelson, & Omawumi Dazzle in Exciting New Movie "Family Runs"". BroadstreetNG. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
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  13. ^ Okiche, Wilfred. "Film review: Yvonne Nelson and Majid Michel cannot save this 'House of Gold' from sinking". YNaija. YNaija. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  14. ^ Debrah, Ameyah (13 April 2013). "Movie review: House of Gold". DStv. Africa Magic. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  15. ^ Doghudje, Efe (13 February 2014). "Movie Review: Family Runs… House of Gold". 360Nobs. 360nobs.com. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  16. ^ Arinze, Ada (27 July 2013). "Movie Review: House of Gold". Connect Nigeria. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  17. ^ "List of Nominees: ZAFAA Global Awards 2013". Nollywood Mindspace. Nollywood by Mindspace. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  18. ^ Ola, Gold (23 November 2013). "ZAFAA GLOBAL AWARDS 2013 WINNERS". African Dazzle Magazine. African Dazzle Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014.

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