Entertainment, Film and Music
Actress & Award Winning Writer Set to Release New Film
Yvonne Ossei is a London based actress and award-winning writer.
She notes that, “there simply aren’t enough films made for, or by women” and she hopes to lead the way through her script and film work.
“Yvonne is the first African woman to win a British Urban Film Festival Award”
The winning script she wrote titled ‘Face Up,’ highlights the plight of two sisters who undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a process that is practised in numerous African, and some European countries. The panel of judges were impressed with the quality of the script but also the boldness of subject matter.
Her script was performed at Channel 4 Studios and she says “It is an overwhelming achievement for me because women are often underrepresented in this industry”
Yvonne observes that “women are accepted as actresses, but face obstacles when it comes to writing and directing because traditionally those roles were reserved for men. I hope I can go some way into changing that mentality.”
Her second venture is a film she has written and stars in, called ‘Sometimes I Feel’
It details the harsh reality of domestic violence, a problem that thousands of women face in silence. “It’s been tough because when you’re dealing with such a serious subject matter the script and performances have to be as sincere as possible. The rehearsals were especially difficult.” The film is due to be screened/released from late 2014 onwards on the international film festival circuit.
Yvonne is inspired by female writers such as Toni Morrison (Beloved & Sula), and directors such as Mira Nair (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Yvonne has several projects in store, from 2014-15 and you can receive updates on YvonneOssei.com.