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Film Review: A Million Colours

Director: Peter Bishai

Cast: Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman, Masello Motana, Stelio Savante

“Right now all you see is black and white, but one day you will see a million colours!” These are the words of  Muntu Ndebele in Mzansi’s latest release on the big screen.

I must have been 3 years old when I first saw the film e’Lollipop on my great-grandmother’s black and white TV set, but I never forgot it. The film was about a black boy and a white boy, Tshepo and Jannie, whose friendship could only be separated by death. This film A Million Colours is based on the lives of Norman Knox and Muntu Ndebele after starring in the hit film e’Lollipop in the 70’s.

The film looks at what became of these two actors post the fame, exposure and tours around the world. Even though Norman and Muntu lived in contrasting worlds, they both had their struggles and fought to exist in our messed up country.

If you’re like me and are a sucker for love, then this film is worth watching again and again. The storyline mainly revolves around Muntu Ndebele and his struggles during a time of violence and his personal struggles with life, love, hustle, drugs and alcohol. Wandile Molebatsi gave the role his all and it is evident time and time again in the film. There are scenes where he did so well it took me by complete surprise that he was capable of such performances.

There are parts in the film that moved me from my seat, those that filled me with emotion and those that made me so darn proud to be South African! Such scenes include the beat-downs, body slams, ridicule, and straight up humiliation Muntu was willing to endure in the name of his love for Sabela, his high school sweetheart (acted by Masello Motana). There’s a scene where he was willing to have his IQ beat out of him in a stick fight against a Zulu warrior for his woman. That scene made me blush like a white girl because it was just so romantic!

Another favourite of mine is a scene where Bomba (Mpho Osei Tutu), the notorious gangster, steals Muntu’s car from right in front of him and still has the audacity to force him to help him push it, only to leave him behind in the middle of nowhere!

Unfortunately, there are also those few scenes and aspects of the film that disappointed me slightly. I would have loved to see most of the scenes play out a little longer because they had so much depth which could have been explored further.

There’s a tear jerking scene where Muntu’s mother disowns him and bans him from returning to the house until he decides to change his life. It is there that I got to see the variation in Wandile Molebatsi’s skill as an actor. It was brilliant! I wanted to Read the full story

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Soweto Drift: Ikasi Livukile!

Pule EARM Drifting Towards Success

Every now and then I am blessed enough to meet individuals whose lives excite me so much so that I ignore the facts and figures of how unemployment, poverty and crime bring down this country of ours. It is people like Pule EARM Motloung, the founder of Young Minds Productions, who through their lives and passion inspire me to be much more than I am. I love meeting young black men and women from the hood who rise above the stereotypical view that township life is about dust, corrugated iron shacks, “stop nontsontso” fencing and abolova sitting in the corner doing nothing everyday.

Recently the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus successfully hosted a private screening of a film called Soweto Drift. The film was directed by one Mzansi’s most promising and gifted film directors Pule, a young man who refused to be told “You can’t” by experts, professionals and know-it-alls with years of experience in the industry. When money was an issue, when time became a factor and when critics said “No” what kept Pule going during the 3 years it took to make the film was the passion and dedication he has towards his craft. The director, father and dream chaser took the initiative to show, highlight and celebrate the silent yet noisy world of car spinning.

The film was shot in the heart of Soweto and set around realistic everyday characters we can all relate to. The movie introduces us to a young taxi driver and struggling father named Dumisani, nicknamed Damage, who is on a journey towards finding out the truth about what events led to the death of his hero and brother Mzala, who was one of the best car spinners in the hood. After being forced by a gang leader named Chairman as well as a sworn enemy named Ngamla to take part in one of the most prestigious spinning competitions of the season, we watch Damage take a drastic yet necessary turn in his character, career and life as a whole. The twists, turns and secrets are then slowly revealed and force Damage to come out of his comfort zone and become the best that he can be.

The film’s genre is in a class of its own in that it is a combination of comedy, drama and sport fused with raw talent fused from the backbone of ekasi. The film achieved everything it set out to achieve; it showcased and exposed us to unscripted, adrenalin rushing car spinning. The soundtracks were fresh and relevant to each scene, the dialogue kept audiences intrigued and entertained while at the same time schooling us about the world of burning tyres, mags, spinners, speed and BMWs. The film created a much needed awareness about spinning industry and will be released to the public in 2012. Not everyone will be able to identify with the storyline but watching it is definitely worth the thrill! It is through Pule EARM and films such as this that indeed agree and back up the famous saying “Ikasi livukile”.

Poppy “Pops” Vilakazi

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Q&A with Adze Ugah

Introduce yourself to Kasi Times and where, how and why the love of film began for you.
As far back as I can remember I have always loved films. All it takes is for it to dazzle on the silver screen and it will have my complete and total attention. This was also helped by the fact that my father worked for our country’s (Nigeria) national broadcaster, so he was required to preview some films that the establishment had acquired, consequently, when he watched them I was also there watching with him. That was where it all began.

Apartheid South Africa saw Africans play stereotypical and oppressive roles. After Apartheid passed, SA movies however took a long time to develop and see black people in roles of power and influence. It’s 2011 Where are we now in terms of this?
Well, a bit of background first: every filmmaker is first and foremost a product of his or her own context. It is therefore not surprising for South African filmmakers to make films with themes that revolved around apartheid; this of course, was based on their world view and personal experiences… and make no mistake, these will never be exhaustive. More so, no one can ever tell these stories better than South Africans, it is their legacy and it is therefore their right to explore its socio-political impact. It is still very recent history and in my humble opinion I don’t think enough Justice has been done to apartheid themed films. I think there is still plenty of narrative ground to cover. There is a popular notion that these films have the potential of being depressing and could possibly alienate the audience. Not true, in my opinion, I don’t think a case will ever develop where South African audiences become gatvol of apartheid themed films. The presentation of the films might be tiresome but the stories and ideas will always be appealing to our audiences.  Slavery is as old as apartheid and even older, but stories with themes of slavery will never end.

That being said, we are currently in a state of stasis, and if we are to move forward, if anything must change, it is the presentation and the manner in which these stories are told.  A filmmaker is someone who knows just how much of everything is enough to tell a story in the most moving way possible. Indigenous films must be engaging as they are entertaining, their relevance will always be just a bonus. We must fine tune the art of telling our stories; this definitely implies that the present approach must change.

The South African films and doccies that do make it abroad are always of a negative nature, why is this? Read the full story

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My World 2 with Adze Ugah #MyWorld

Tonight we get a chance to sit in the director’s chair next to one of Mzansi’s most talented filmmakers of our time, Adze Ugah. The Nigerian born SAFTA winner takes us through his inspirational yet challenging journey of why, when and how he became one of the best and most versatile directors in this country. He turns the camera around and for a change allows the lens to focus on him, telling of how he got to create proudly Mzansi shows like Zone 14, Home Affairs, Society and Jacob’s cross. He explores where his love for showreels, cameras, lights, call sheets, tapes and clipboards all began.

Catch his inspiring story into the world of film and televisions tonight at 21H00 on SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho!

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