Akin Omotoso's love story

By Drum Digital
09 July 2014

What is Akin Omotoso doing making a light-hearted, fluffy movie?

HE HAS produced episodes of gritty, compelling TV shows such as Soul City and A Place Called Home, and his films, God is African and Man on Ground, have achieved global acclaim. It’s no wonder, then, that Akin Omotoso has a reputation for being a hard-hitting, cerebral artist. So what is he doing making a light-hearted, fluffy movie?

The 40-year-old flashes an easy smile. “Throughout the years, even though I’ve done a lot of violent and political films, I’ve always wanted to make a love story,” he says. “A lot of my friends will tell you that I’m the cheesiest when it comes to that sort of thing. The cheesier the love song, the better! Bob Marley’s Guava Jelly and Eagle Eye Cherry’s Save Tonight are two of my favourites.”

The movie in question is the romcom Tell Me Sweet Something. It boasts a star-studded local cast, including Nomzamo Mbatha, Maps Maponyane and Thembi Seete. Set in Jozi’s Maboneng Precinct and Braamfontein, it tells the story of a bookshop owner and struggling writer (Nomzamo) who falls in love with a model (Maps).

AKIN chose Joburg’s inner city as the setting to show it could be as fitting a place for romance as, say, a pretty seaside village. “I think that Maboneng and Braamfontein have romantic elements. The point is to show that Johannesburg is actually a romantic city, that it’s beautiful in addition to whatever else it comes with,” he explains.

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