Local films have really stepped it up a notch over the past few years. We have had some phenomenal local releases this year and next year is already shaping up to be another successful year for local filmmakers. One of the most anticipated romantic comedies comes in the form of Zulu Wedding and the film is gearing up for its 23 February release.
The film pays loving tribute to the richness of African culture. It acknowledges the, sometimes schizophrenic, reality of many urban South Africans who live sophisticated modern lives which are nonetheless shaped by their family cultures, traditions and expectations.
But, what’s it all about? The story follows Feisty choreographer, Lou, played by Nondumiso Tembe, a girl who will do anything to avoid falling in love and even more to avoid going home to South Africa, where she’s traditionally engaged to a king. However, when she meets her soulmate Tex, she is forced to confront the tradition she’s been running away from since the death of her parents, when she turned 18, and the ancestral debt they left her. She hatches a plan to confront the King and convince him to forget about her, but when she prevails upon handsome royal advisor Zulu to help her get into the Royal Compound, he proves to be a dangerously seductive charmer, one who seems to represent all the best aspects of her background. Tex, his wise-cracking best friend Nate, Lou’s eccentric traffic officer sister Mabo, and her tell-it-like-is alcoholic best friend Sam, set off to ‘the rurals’ to rescue her while the shifty Uncle Phineas, his sexy wife Yvonne and “The Basotho 10,”(lead by TKZee Family’s Gwyza) stay behind. The stage is set for hilarity, hi-jinks and heartbreak.
The film has an exciting all-star cast including Nondumiso Tembe (who appeared in HBO’s popular TV show True Blood and King Kong The Musical); Darrin Dewitt-Henson; Pallance Dladla; Carl Payne; Bubu Mazibuko; Kelly Khumalo; Lorcia Cooper, S’thandiwe Kgoroge; Treasure Tshabalala; Kole Omotoso and Makgano Mamabolo with cameo appearances from DJ Tira, Carolyn Steyn and many of South Africa’s best-loved celebrities.
Producer and director Lineo Sekeleoane says the film has been 10 years in the making and she’s excited to see the film come to life on the big screen. “The idea started in the emergency room of a hospital as I formulated a joke scenario for an actress friend of mine. She liked the scenario and the character, an insane traffic cop by the name of Mabo who never takes off her uniform. As I started to shape that character’s world, the focus of the narrative shifted to her sister, Lou, and ZULU WEDDING was born,” she explains. “Mabo remains an important character though, and is brilliantly brought to life by Makgano Mamabolo. The entire cast was amazing. After doing castings in New York, Los Angeles and Johannesburg and seeing hundreds of people over several years, I can truly say that we were blessed. Every person brought something special to the project.”
The film is set to be one of the funniest and most fun projects released in 2018 and we can’t wait to watch it!
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