The Herbert Macaulay Affair


The Herbert Macaulay Affair


The Herbert Macaulay Affair is a story that follows Young Herbert who returns from England and begins the opposition to the colonial government. In 1898, Herbert is done with his scholarship training and becomes the first Engineer and Surveyor in the colony. Upon his return he is employed by the Colonial Government in Lagos He faces a lot of discrimination and watches it being done to fellow Lagosians. Annoyed by the constant marginalization, Herbert quits his job with the colonial government and starts a long opposition to them.

Production: RuckSack Productions

Direction: Imoh Umoren

Starring: William Benson, Tonia Chukwurah, Kelechi Udegbe, Saheed Balogun, Stanlee Ohikhuare

Release Date: 28th October 2019

Genre: Biography

Run time: 2hrs

Rating: 3/5


Not recommended. The most important question reviewers at CinemaPointer are obligated to ask their conscience whilst reviewing a movie is: “Will you recommend this to your family members?”. If the answer returned is a “No”, that movie cannot not be recommended. Sadly, ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ returned a “No!”

While the producers of ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ must get an “A” for effort, especially in terms of setting, costumes and props, they earned themselves a Mighty Big “F” for failing to create the Magic, the flutter and the spark great movies create in the hearts and minds of their audience.

Instead, the producers serve up a cold turkey. No sauce. No salt. Crippled by mechanical transitions, robotic acting, terrible lack of chemistry and flimsy story telling, ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ looks good but is very hard to eat. Worst part is; the desperately annoying music that plays continuously throughout, making dialogue hard-to-hear and in many cases downright inaudible.


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