‘This Is A Story That Can Have A Great Impact’ – Director Kevin Njue Opens Up About The Making Of 18Hours


The Kenyan film industry has shocked us time and again proving that it can produce some of the best movies and series and we have been witnesses to that.

Kati Kati, a Kenyan movie made Kenya proud after it was submitted for the Oscar award nominations. Directed by Mbithi Masya, the film is about a young woman with no memory of her life or death, is helped with assimilation to the afterlife by a ghost. One of Kenya’s finest actors Brian Ogola was featured in the movie.

He has once again been featured in the latest movie that is the talk of town, 18hours, alongside Nick Ndeda and Sue Wanjiru.

18 Hours is a film that follows a rookie paramedic who spends 18 hours in an ambulance for the life of a road crash victim who struggles to be admitted to any hospital. It features Brian Ogola, Nick Ndeda and Sue Wanjiru.

The movie was inspired by a real life tragedy where a man bled in an ambulance for 18 hours because Kenyatta National Hospital claimed it did not have an ICU bed. This happened back in October, 2015. Every hospital they went to, they couldn’t be admitted because they didn’t have enough money.

Well, the cast of 18 hours were interviewed by Adelle Onyango and Shaffie Weru on Kiss FM where the director of the film, Kevin Njue, talked about how he got the idea for the movie.

“So I was at home and I was reading my newspaper. It was on October 5th, 2015, I will never forget that date and I asked myself, how could such an incident happen in our country. In a country like ours, this is  not supposed to happen. So I thought, what can I do as a citizen or as a Kenyan to stop this from happening and that’s when we started playing around with the idea that this can be a powerful film; a film that can entertain but also be used for social change,” he explained.

Considering how expensive it is to make a movie, how did they get the finances to go ahead and shoot the movie?

Kevin stated, “We have a group of three guys, Bill Afwani and Phoebe Ruguru. So the three of us form a company called Rocque Pictures, so we started looking for finances and started walking to different offices in Nairobi just telling people this is a story that can a have great impact and it’s different from what we are used to. So likely we had three people living in the UK and one living in Kenya and they were we can put this amount of money and see what you guys do with it and have to bring the money back once you start releasing the film. That’s pretty much ho the movie was financed. In terms of actors it was basically through auditions.”

Listen to the full interview below:

By Tracy Mutinda [Kiss 100]

Rocque Pictures