Meadow is dedicated to working with passionate producers, creative thinkers and kick-ass talent – to us there is no other way. In this Bright Lights Blog Series we showcase some of the incredible and disruptively brilliant individuals, who we are collaborating with this year. Emerging as they should, as rising stars of their craft…
Based in Australia, Osei Owusu Banahene is a self-taught, passionate independent documentary filmmaker from Ghana, with over 10 years experience. Working with production companies, television networks and on movie sets in his homeland, Osei’s resume boasts producing, directing, editing and cinematography credits.
Currently working as a freelancer based in Geelong, Victoria, Osei has worked with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Polyglot theatre and Multicultural Arts Victoria, among others.
With an established career and list of clients that include Ohene Media, Capital TV (Ghana), Fiesta TV (Ghana), Infocos Pictures, Bigfoot Media, Puma, BBC horizon, Google Ghana, Twofour Digital and Bella Najia, Osei’s professional goal is to bring the hidden stories of amazing individuals to life.
As an independent, he has produced and directed documentary films that have shown at various prominent International Film Festivals in Africa and is currently the only Shutterstock contributor from Ghana. In 2013, he contested in the Shutterstock Stories competition and emerged as a finalist. Later the same year, Osei’s first documentary short Alligator Kids, made a huge impact online and was instrumental in securing help for the three young stars of the film, who all suffer from Lamellar Ichthyosis (commonly known as Alligator skin) and whose lives were in jeopardy.
In 2015, he participated in a range of industry festivals across the continent, the Berlinarn Talent Durban, People to People Documentary Conference in South Africa and African International Film Festival in Nigeria.
A pinnacle in his career progression came in 2016 when he won a Ford Scholarship to attend a short course in Documentary film making, at the Montana State University in America. While latest documentary feature film Where We Belong, was selected and pitched at the Durban Film Mart in South Africa. Currently his short documentary film Still Kicking is screening at film festivals around the world.
Prior to finding his passion for documentary, Osei made a name for himself as a music video director with over 40 credits under his belt. Working with a number of high profile Ghanaian musicians such as OJ, Daughters of glorious, Ohemaa Mercy, Bernice Offie, Richie, Asem, Okyeame Kwame and Obrafour. Three of his music videos have won awards.
Osei is a rising talent across the documentary genre with a passion for nature and shedding light on important issues through his films. With a can-do attitude and team work ethic, Osei collaborates with the like minded to empower his subject matter and leave an impact with his stories.