Another South African chick flick is on the way!
Now that we know South Africans are able to come out in droves to see a good local film even when it doesn’t involve a tortured girl who comes from KZN only to watch her ‘morals’ tragically bite the dust in unbelievably violent Jozi, it appears the powers that be have warmed up to the idea of showcasing the intricate narrative of love and relationships. Such is the case with Mrs Right Guy, a new local movie exploring the complex emotions and dilemmas of love as it functions against life as we have planned it in our delusional minds.
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Gugu (Dineo Moeketsi) is a broken hearted young black woman whose ill fated history with love positions her as a scaredy who will reject any man long before they can get too close for fear of disappointment. She has exiled herself from the possibility of being in an authentically loving relationship because she has convinced herself that they all end in tatters.
But, and here’s where it gets interesting – “to find bliss with the right guy, she must first realise that no man is created equal and that, in love, nice guys not only have staying power but can be just right too.”
Well that is how the movie is described by the makers, we losers in love can not be out here making claims about appropriate conduct for love.
The movie stars Dineo Moeketsi,Thapelo Mokeona, Lehasa Moloi, Mpho Popps and Thando Thabethe amongst others.
WHO WILL LOVE IT?
Mrs Right Guy opens in local cinemas on the 3rd of June. Keep an eye!
The Hate U Give Is A Must See – Movie Review
The Hate U Give takes inspiration from the BLM activist movement to produce a timely document reflecting the systemic racism informing the spate of the killing of young black men at the hands of police officers.
The Hate U Give (2018)
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, KJ Alpa, Iss Are, Common
The Hate U Give is a moving portrait of contemporary African American sociopolitical experience through the eyes of a certain Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who negotiates the contrasting worlds she must navigate every day between the poor black neighbourhood she’s from, and the affluent, predominantly white neighbourhood in which she attends prep school.
Having straddled these dissimilar social contexts long enough to master and refine the art of being socially palatable in both, the uneasy balance is shattered when a childhood friend – and her first ever crush – Khalil becomes a fatal victim of a reckless police shooting, which happens minutes after the two share their first kiss.
Following a random, sloppy stop and search, the white police officer opens fire at Khalil, killing him on the scene. It soon turns out he had mistaken a hairbrush in his hands for a gun, a fact which later bolsters civil action against the systemic racism underpinning the spate of young black American men dying at the hands of police officers.
The death of Khalil inspires a wave of protests against police brutality and the shooting of young African American men, a movement which mirrors the current Black Lives Matter activist movement against the same.
Much like the aftermath of Travyon Martin’s killing, black communities throughout the United States assemble against the pandemic political injustice.
The film centres on the aftermath of the killing, with a gritty document of how the Carters, and the larger community was as whole, had to deal with the tragic loss and the larger political landscape that informs it.
It is against the wishes of her protective mother that Starr must make the brave decision to come forward as an eyewitness to the public. Yet, despite her protestations, the need to stand up for the justice of her friend builds until she takes to the streets to be heard.
The movie offers a moving document of America’s raced political landscape and the material realities it has on black bodies. The Goerge Tillman Jr directorial is a timely contribution to highly contested topics and the uneasy relations between African American communities and police officers, who are now considered a threat to the dignity, safety and lives of people of colour.
The movie moves between subtle and warm portrayals of Starr, her life and family, to more urgent news style depictions of the reports and protests. And despite its long running time, every second forms an integral part of an important picture.
Born A Crime Movie: Lupita Nyong’o To Play Trevor Noah’s Mom!
Lupita Nyong’o will be portraying the role of Trevor Noah’s mother in a film adaptation of his autobiographical book – Born A Crime
Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime Movie in The Making
Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o actress delighted the world when she announced on Thursday that she will be portraying the role of Trevor Noah’s mother in a film adaptation of his autobiographical book – Born A Crime!
“When I read [Trevor Noah]’s “Born A Crime”, I could not put the book down”, she shared with her 4,7 million Instagram followers. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrime
Our biggest entertainment export and Man of Every Moment (!) Trevor Noah confirmed the news and tossed a few compliments to Lupita via IG:
“My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda” he wrote. “So it’s beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong’ o. I’m beyond excited.”
Now, this we cannot wait for!
Inxeba Fatally Wounded After Being Slapped With ‘Hardcore Porn’ Rating
Critically acclaimed South African film Inxeba will no longer be shown in mainstream cinemas after its rating was adjusted to hardcore porn.
It’s been a tough journey for South African film Inxeba – The Wound.
The critically acclaimed picture barely survived protests that forced its removal from several cinemas in parts of the country during its opening week.
And just when we thought the death threats that followed would be the worst part of the backlash, the John Trengove directorial feature on Wednesday suffered its most devastating blow yet; It will no longer be screened in mainstream cinemas around the country.
This comes after a decision by the Film and Publications Board (FPB) to adjust the film’s rating from 16SL to X18 – a classification that lobs it in the hardcore porn category.
According to reports in TimesLIVE, the FPB’s Appeal Tribunal effected the controversial decision after complaints about the film were lodged by The Men and Boy Foundation and the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa.
“The FBP has classified an important work of art that explores themes around masculinity, love and identity as an X-rated film.“
As if that was not enough, Netflix confirmed to Mybroadband on Thursday that the movie will not be available on the streaming service’s South African platform.
According to The Sowetan, the producers, who’ve had a lot on their hands in the past few days as some cast members reportedly ran into hiding amid death threats, say a course of legal action is being considered
Cait Pansegrouw expressed disappointment in a statement.
“We are obviously disappointed in the outcome, given how the FBP has classified an important work of art that explores themes around masculinity, love and identity as an X-rated film.”
Taking to Twitter, the movie’s leading actor Nakhane Toure defiantly hit back at the reclassification.
“…You’ll take us off your cinemas, you’ll rip our paintings/photographs off your walls. But we will go not anywhere.”
In the chilling notes, Toure says this experience has ripped open wounds of a fearful childhood that was shrouded in shame and fear.
“[I was) afraid for my life as a teenager when I walked past straight men because I didn’t what they were capable of”, the openly gay star expressed.
Debates about the film continue on social media. Some deplore the portrayal of a Xhosa traditional ritual that is considered sacred to Xhosa people. Others dismissed the backlash as nothing more than a guise to conceal homophobia and protect practices that maintain patriarchy.
Where do you stand?
Sources: TimesLIVE, Mybroadband, Sowetan