Film-maker hopes to grow in his craft

2020-01-29 06:02
Minenhle Zakwe hopes to produce films people can relate to. PHOTO: supplied­

Minenhle Zakwe hopes to produce films people can relate to. PHOTO: supplied­

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FILM-MAKER Minenhle Zakwe of Pietermaritzburg recently shot his first film, titled Indlalifa, in New Hanover, eMshwathi.

According to Zakwe; who was the producer, an actor and camera operator for the film; the main reason he created Indlalifa was because he felt that most film writers no longer produce content that is educational and relatable.

“Having the hunger to produce content that will benefit the general public stemmed from my childhood when I used to watch drama series such as Ubambo Lwami and Hlala Kwabafileyo,” said Zakwe.

Indlalifa is a short drama film focused around a 28-year-old man named Skhali who has a stepmother that tries to take his life after finding out that he was the sole heir to her husband’s estate.

“In the film, the stepmother gets jealous after finding out her husband left everything to his eldest son and she tries to kill her stepson, but she fails. It is an interesting film that is suitable for the whole family. It will be aired on Mzansi Magic soon,” said Zakwe.

The film-maker released the film under his company, Panther Pictures. He explained that, because he is not seasoned in film production, he contacted a Johannesburg-based film-maker who has been featured in the film Kumnyama to assist him.

“In the film, the lead characters are Skhali (Indlalifa), Nonhle (Skhali’s sister) and Nomcebo (the stepmother).

“Kwanele Malinga portrays the character of Ma7 and Clever Majozi plays Sanele. The rest of the crew are from my company, Panther Pictures, because they are not only passionate about acting but also about film production,” said Zakwe.

Reflecting on the challenges he faces as a young film producer, Zakwe said he finds it hard to find the right support financially and in terms of talent.

“I wish this film could open doors for me and help me get recognition from other film-makers. I encourage everyone to keep their eyes locked on to Mzansi Magic and watch the film because it will definitely teach them one or two things about life,” said Zakwe.

He also shared that he hopes to one day work with people like Masoja Msiza, Leleti Khumalo and others.

Zakwe added that he aspires to produce a movie that will star only people from Pietermaritzburg and said he would use the income generated from that production to assist needy communities in the district.

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