‘What Lies Within’ chronicles 24 hours in the life of a happily married woman and her pregnant sister-in-law who are unwittingly thrust into the center of an incident that could have far reaching consequences on their lives and those of their loved ones.
The drama-thriller, premiering on the 31st of August is directed by trained film maker, Vanessa Nzediegwu and co-produced by Tope Tedela, Paul Utomi and Vanessa Nzediegwu.
Vanessa Nzediegwu a former presenter of “box Office” a gold myne production, studied Filmmaking in Los Angeles, C.A, USA where she obtained a Diploma in Directing from the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and worked on her first short film project in Hollywood with HBO Director John krokidas.
Afterwards, she has been on several works such as “Black November” appeared in a series of television shows and films like BBC West trust TV Series “Wetin Dey”, M-Net Series “Edge of paradise” and a host of others. She has written and directed a few short films and documentaries such as Tangled Minds, The Oando foundation film documentary on child literacy with a special focus on “The girl child” and a behind the scenes look at the unveiling of the Africa Magic Igbo channel amongst other things.
As a talented artist, Vanessa’s works have been purchased and displayed at several art festivals both locally and internationally. Her most recent exhibition was at the just concluded Pan African Art and Film festival (Los Angeles, U.S.A. She is the founder of the art foundation popularly known as ETA (Extremely Talented Artists) that helps nurture and provide a platform for up coming artists by showcasing their works.
On the other hand, Tope Tedela (christened Temitope Christopher Tedela) is a Nigerian actor and sensational producer whose professional acting began in 2006 when he was cast as Julian on Popular TV Drama: Edge of Paradise while pursuing his degree in Mass communications at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Since then, he featured in Niyi Towolawi’s Twisted and Super Story in 2007 and after a hiatus to complete his degree, he returned and has starred in films like A Mile From Home, A Soldier’s Story, Out of Luck, Surulere. He has also starred King Invincible, Ojukokoro, Slow Country and will be seen in Catcher and the telenovella, Jemeji amongst other projects. Tedela’s work has earned him several awards including the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) and Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA).
Apart from producing What Lies Within, Paul Utomi has written and directed a couple of short films as a trained actor and directed at The Centre for Film and Video Excellence. He has appeared in several Award winning and nominated short films such as B Negative, Leeway to name a few and has taken on lead roles in a few soon to be released feature length films like Apostates, In My Fathers House and O Town and television shows and movies like Heaven, Living Close To You, Lekki Wives, Gidi up, Shuga amongst others.
The Economics graduate of Lagos State University is also a television presenter and a voice over talent. He has presented several episodes of shows such as AM Express Sports and Hello Motor including radio jingles, infomercials, audio books and documentaries. He is an avid reader, script writer, sports and health enthusiast and occasionally helps out at the motherless baby home in his neighborhood.
Paul Utomi is also television presenter and a voice over talent. He has presented several episodes of shows such as AM Express Sports and Hello Motor and he has also lent his voice to radio jingles, infomercials, audio books and documentaries.
He studied Economics at and took courses in Acting and then Directing He recently wrote and directed a couple of short films and acted in a promising new television show called Plus 234 as well as appearing in a pilot for an action TV drama series titled S.T.I.D.
Apart from the strong collection of producers the film is blessed with, it also has a strong cast list of actor ooorrrr features actors like Michelle Dede, Ken Erics-Ugo, Ebele Okaro, Paul Utomi, Tope Tedela, Kiki Omeile, Okey Uzoesh, Yaw, Odenike, Vanessa Nzediegwu, Vanessa Kanu among other upcoming acts. What Lies Within would be released nationwide on the 8th of September, 2017.