This was not your West End huge blockbuster movie premiere. Rather a more modest affair in South East London at a Boutique art house cinema in Bermondsey Square. However the significance of the event was not lost on many who packed into Shortwave Cinema for the London Independent Film Festival screening of ‘I believe in Monsters’ featuring among others Chinese star Ayi Jihu.
Perhaps many could sense this could be one of those ‘I was there moments’ Or perhaps they just wanted to see the film and support an artist, actress, celebrity and philanthropist who is making waves around the globe. Whatever the reason they came so many came in fact that the cinema schedule had to be changed to accommodate them.
Cast and crew of the film were joined by celebrities, Artists, Actors, fans, friends and followers all wishing to watch the film and celebrate this moment with Ayi Jihu.
Ayi Jihu is no stranger to making history having just returned from her historic tour of Brazil taking the country by storm as the first Chinese artist to ever perform at the carnival Ayi Jihu is used to an osmosis approach to history making.
From the start of her career Ayi Jihu has done, first, after first after first, and made history many times over, but one got the sense that the personal achievement of seeing herself for the first time on the big screen was a little more personal. As the world waits for her own film FearChaser™ to hit the big screens (a project and concept that started as an idea based on her own fear chasing exploits and then grew into an online game played by over 25 Million kids) Ayi is looking to learn her craft and act as much as she can.
She goes from Super Hero (FearChaser) to Victim in ‘I believe in monsters’. We asked her how she felt about her part in the film I believe in Monsters: “Fearchaser is about me even though I am a sort of superhero it never feels like acting so much. I believe in monsters was scary for me. I did not think I was good enough and I was very nervous at first. I got my strength and confidence from working with the young star of the film Tiya Falcon Ellis. It was her first film and she had never acted before, but she just had a good time and did not let it phase her, so I thought I would just copy here and try to enjoy it and not let it get to me too much. I am proud of what I did in the film it is a good start for me and now I know if I keep working hard I can only get better. This was a great start for me. It was such a thrill to see myself on the big screen, something I would have never thought possible several years ago. Life is full or surprises”.
Ayi Jihu held a special celebration event after the film at the GB Grill to thank everyone for their support for her and the film.
Ayi Jihu looked stunning in a beautiful black vintage dress styled by Perkins Rose of Fashionsistas
Prominent Members of the Chinese community came out to support Ayi Jihu at the premiere of her first film.
Ayi Jihu continues to engage a wide demographic as was demonstrated by the multicultural support for her at the her film premiere in london.
Ayi Jihu was joined by members of the cast
Unfortunately Tiya Falcon Ellis who played Ayi’s daughter in the film was unable to make it to the premiere. It was also her first acting role and she impressed all involved.
You can watch the trailer at below:
You can see more pictures from the premiere on Ayi Jihu’s Facebook page.
So a small bit of history has been made. ‘I believe in Monsters’ will undoubtedly not be Ayi Jihu’s last film. We believe it will be the start of many films Ayi Jihu will be involved in including her own blockbuster in the making ‘Fearchaser’. In the future this little film may well become of great interest not only because it is a good little film, but because it signalled the beginning of an extraordinary career in the cinema. Watch this space.
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