Film critics can be the backbone of a thriving creative industry. They serve as a key liaison between filmmakers and audiences, helping each understand the other. This was the perspective shared by Tony Asankomah, a prominent Ghanaian critic behind the popular GHMovieFreak review platform.
Tony Asankomah lives and breathes cinema. Based in Accra, he is Ghana’s leading film critic, lending his insightful perspective through GhMoviefreak – a platform for film reviews. Whether critiquing major motion pictures or intimate indie shorts, Tony brings an unwavering passion for the cinematic arts. His belief in Africa’s film industry is evident in every review. Tony has reviewed Ghanian films including: ‘Road to My Father’s Compound’, ‘Terminus’ and international films such as ‘Brother’s in Arms’. As both creative writer and visionary, he has firmly established himself as a cinematic authority and valuable participant in global film discourse.
Tony conceived GhMoviefreak to advance film and theater culture in Ghana. Through contributions across digital platforms, he has become a prominent voice in the nation’s burgeoning film critique landscape. As Ghana’s only Tomatometer-approved critic, Tony Asankomah represents development for his country’s cinematic aspirations.
According to Asankomah, critics must identify strengths before addressing flaws in reviews. This encourages audiences to experience films and form their own opinions. He actively uses his platform to showcase emerging filmmakers across the continent. Despite challenges, he sees strong creativity and ideas that deserve support.
Asankomah recently attended the Africa Cinema Summit. He believes the core issue is the lack of cinemas for Africa’s large population. Growing and sustaining cinema culture would have immense ripple effects. He urges stakeholders to build on the Summit’s foundation and make an investment case for the industry’s growth.
The future holds untapped potential for African film, Asankomah argues. Many genres and styles remain unexplored by creatives, though international demand rises. He believes authentically African stories can fit any genre with the right creative daring. Further, the film’s mass reach positions it as an impactful medium for social commentary.
The message is clear: with critics like Asankomah championing their work, the future looks bright for African filmmakers. The continent’s abundant creativity only needs real investment and support to thrive.