SA film: Xanada festivals to feature ‘e’Lollipop II’

2011-08-24 00:00

THE South African film A Million Colours (e’Lollipop II), which was partly filmed in KwaZulu-Natal, has been selected for two top international film festivals.

It will be screened at the Montreal World Film Festival tomorrow, and at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax in September.

Said the director and co-writer, Canadian-born Peter Bishai, “The Montreal World Film Festival is renowned for honouring the best in international cinema and for celebrating the diversity of world culture. Being in this illustrious group of films is testament to the superb work of our entire South African cast and crew, whose artistry is truly world-class.”

A Million Colours is a romantic drama that tells a uniquely South African story although its theme is universal, said Bishai.

It was inspired by the true-life story of Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox, the child stars of the 1976 film classic e’Lollipop, and reveals what happened to the young actors during the next 30 years. Ndebele, who disappeared without a trace for two decades, fell into a life of drugs and crime. During three years of rehabilitation, producer Andre Pieterse encouraged Ndebele to write his life — A Million Colours (e’Lollipop II) is the result.

The film stars Idols winner Jason Hartman as Knox and is set to be released in South Africa later this year.

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