A few questions answered by Lobola's Zethu Dlomo

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01 March 2013

Romantic comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola opens in cinemas today

The film follows the trials of Zulu girl Dinky and traditional boerseun Fanie fall in love and the topic of lobola (traditional bride price) comes up. We chat to lead actress Zethu Dlomo (23) about the film and her aspirations.

What are your thoughts on a film about inter-racial marriages?

“I don’t think it’s controversial, I think it is what it is. It’s been almost 20 years since the dawn of the new South Africa and there’s still alot of miscommunication, misunderstanding and lack of tolerance. But the film is amusingly honesty and sincere about the way things are. Fanie and Dinky show us that while there are differences between black and white, there can be alot of real love too.”

What were some of the stand-out moments on set?

Every time we had a black/white a-ha moment was funny. There are so many similarities between Zulu people and Afrikaners. Like the plastic cover on sofas, the doilies everywhere and the animal statues as ornaments.

What did you enjoy most about working on the film?

First off I feel very blessed to have been given a lead role – it’s my first. And Also working with such talented, experienced people. I’ve also learnt so much about comedy which I’ve never done before (she’s done dramas like SABC1’s Room 9).

When did you know you wanted to be an actress?

When I was growing up – performing and telling stories was part of my everyday life. I joined the drama club in Grade 5 and that was it! I then attended the National School of the Arts before going to Wits where I did a BA degree in Drama.

What would your dream acting job be?

I haven’t given it that much thought but I do dream of directing both theatre and film. I’d also love to do some international feature films. My umbilical cord is firmly roots to theatre, my first love, but film has definitely crawled into my heart now.

Who are your favourite local/international actors? I love and admire Fana Mokeona, Pamela Nomvete and Xolile Shabalala locally and internationally it has to be Meryl Streep and Al Pacino. Any other projects lined up? I’m currently doing industrial theatre in Richard’s Bay, KZN. But I do hope other feature film acting opportunities will come up. The movie opens today at Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro cinemas countrywide.

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