Award-winning actress and TV presenter, Thembisa Mdoda has started 2019 on a high note. The Baby Mamas and Unmarried actress has partnered with Sisanda Henna as an associate producer for a new international movie. Actor and producer Sisanda Henna is excited to have Mdoda on board as an associate producer and an actress on the film, Coltan.
“I am delighted to have partnered with someone of this calibre to execute this project. Thembisa brings exceptional talent and a fresh perspective to this project. A film of this size definitely takes a team to pull off. The right combination of talent and creatives is the formula for an international blockbuster”. Says Henna
Henna came into prominence in 2003 when he won Best actor in a drama series, for his engrossing performance in the hit SABC1 drama, Tsha Tsha. Although he is an accomplished director, he will be focusing on showcasing his acting and script writing skills.
Henna wrote this screenplay, and it has taken him seven years to get the project off the ground. Although this Action Thriller is partly set in the Congo, most of the filming will be in South Africa. This film will tackle global issues and tell the African story in a compelling and relevant manner. It tells the story behind the Congolese mineral, Coltan and exposes the untold stories and controversies. The film has been signed by a prominent international broadcaster and promises to star some award-winning Hollywood stars.
The South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has pledged its support for the film. “It is encouraging to fund collaborative films in the industry that speak to the telling of African stories and we will continue to support filmmakers in our quest to promote a transformed, equitable, and sustainable film industry.” NFVF Acting CEO, Mr. Shadrack Bokaba.
“It is inspiring to South African filmmakers to have the back up from the NFVF, we appreciate the support. This is beneficial to the growth of the South African film industry and to putting South Africa on the map globally”. Comments Mdoda
The DTI’s film rebate for black filmmakers will be contributing a big portion of the budget. The duo is excited about the prospective international partnerships, and have been engaging other potential sponsors and funders to balance the remainder of the budget.
“International blockbusters require a lot of resources and a big budget so that the end product is world-class and can be marketable globally. The topical and relevant storyline will ensure resonance for a global audience”. Concludes Mdoda
The pre-production of this film is set to commence in the latter part of 2019 and will release in 2020.