Country Hard

Hyperlink crime drama

  • Paul Chibuzo Utomi
    Director
  • Paul Chibuzo Utomi
    Writer
    What Lies Within
  • Paul Chibuzo Utomi
    Producer
    What Lies Within
  • Tope Christopher Tedela
    Producer
    What Lies Within
  • Kehinde Bankole
    Key Cast
    "Dinma"
  • Timini Egbuson
    Key Cast
    "Chima"
  • Omowunmi Dada
    Key Cast
    "Tola"
  • Tina Mba
    Key Cast
    "Mama Ochuko"
  • Baaj Adebule
    Key Cast
  • Tope Tedela
    Key Cast
    "Ochuko"
  • Theresa Edem
    Key Cast
  • Treasure Obasi
    Key Cast
    "Kainene"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Crime, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 59 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Nigeria
  • Country of Filming:
    Nigeria
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Paul Chibuzo Utomi

Paul Utomi is a writer, director, producer, and actor. As an actor, he won the Best Actor Award from The African Film Festival (TAFF) in 2017 and was also nominated in the same category at the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards 2017 for my role in "Family".

He has appeared in television series, shorts, feature-length films, and written and directed a couple of short films. He just completed principal photography on "Country Hard" which is his first outing as a writer-director. It’s currently nominated at the BON awards in Best Supporting Actor, Best Soundtrack, and Best Film with a Social Message categories.

As a writer, his first movie screenplay, "What Lies Within" was released in 2017 and won several awards including "Best Feature Film" and "Best Overall Picture" at the Abuja international Zuma Film Festival for 2017. It also picked up four awards at the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) in 2017, including movie of the year.

He's also a television presenter and a voiceover talent who has presented several episodes of breakfast shows, and has lent his voice to radio jingles, infomercials, audiobooks and documentaries.

In 2019, he helped co-produce and direct a few episodes of a documentary series for Forbes. He is currently working on a television project for one of Africa’s pioneer streaming platforms.

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Director Statement

As a Filmmaker, I am drawn to human interest stories that lend themselves to a broader exploration of the human condition.