Sunday, November 12, 2006

RIP Frank Speed

Film-maker and ethnographer of Nigerian culture in the 1950s and 1960s, including the film Were Ni: He is a Madman (1963) - which documented traditional Yoruba treatments of mental illness, followed by collaborations with choreographer Peggy Harper on a series of dazzling films about traditional dance and masquerade styles from different areas of Nigeria, including the Gelede masquerade from western Yorubaland and the extraordinary Kwagh Hir masquerades of the Tiv.

Does anyone anywhere have access to his work? There are probably tapes sitting somewhere in a Bloomsbury basement, providing food for the termites.


houstonmacbro 11:26 am  

i hear that africa has the biggest movie industry outside of hollywood. yes, even bigger than india's bollywood.

i have nothing to judge this on, but sorry to see a great filmmaker pass on.

he will however be with us still through his works.

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