Cape Town – Actress Terry Pheto is one busy lady, just last week she was walking the red carpet in London promoting her latest international movie. (Read more here)
Pheto also stars in the new local flick, Cuckold, alongside writer and director Charlie Vundla.
The story centres on a young university professor who is saved from self-destruction by a former school mate and begins a journey to save his house, his marriage and his life.
It is the second time that the two are teaming up on the big screen, following How to Steal 2 Million.
This time around, Vundla, who directed, wrote and produced Cuckold, also makes a turn in front of the camera, in the lead role of Smanga.
Pheto stars as Laura, his wife. She is a beautiful but troubled woman. Having often relied on her looks to get through life, she has complex self-worth issues. She married Smanga because he was the first to see that beyond her looks, she is an intelligent woman. Coupled with her lingering depression, Smanga’s discovery that he is infertile leads Laura to seek other men out so that she can build her fragile self-esteem. Smanga, a nerd at heart and an academic prodigy, is broken by Laura’s departure and he sinks into alcoholic oblivion.
In the role of Smanga’s old friend Jon, a golden boy with the gift of the gab, is Louis Roux. Jon has always been able to talk his way out of anything. A life coach by profession, he uses his looks and charm to wheedle himself into people’s lives. Having burned all his bridges, he is now living out of his car, but a chance encounter with Smanga offers a light at the end of the tunnel. Shortly after Jon moves in with Smanga, Laura returns and thus begins a unique living experiment.
Watch the trailer here:
The film has screened at a number of festivals already, including Toronto International Film Festival (official selection, Chicago International Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival (Best Actor award: Charlie Vundla), Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles, Atlanta Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, and Raindance Film Festival in the UK.
The film is releasing in cinemas on Friday, 11 November.