'Star quality': Local Grade 4 performer proves dynamite really does come in small packages

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"We think she will be a star on camera.” (Supplied/NRPR)
"We think she will be a star on camera.” (Supplied/NRPR)

Kamvalethu Jonas is only in Grade 4 but she's already achieved a huge career milestone.

The Gauteng-based performer has been cast in a leading role for the upcoming Mlungu Wam, a film set for international release in 2021. 

The project is a collaborative effort between local film production companies, Fox Fire Films and Sanusi Chronicles and Australian company, Causeway Films.

'We are super proud'

"We thank God for this opportunity that Kamva has received. It will open many doors for her. We are super proud," Kamva's mom, Zizipho Cuba, tells Parent24

While she admits she might not be altogether ready for her young daughter to be cast into the international spotlight, she's not surprised by the achievement. 

"From a very young age, Kamva has shown star qualities. She loved dancing and attended dancing school before she was in primary school. She later did some ballet and participated in school plays which she enjoyed greatly". 

Adorable little girl

Safety first 

Meeting new people and making her family proud was what the little star was most looking forward to about shooting the film, already in its first month of production. 

According to Babalwa Baartman, the producer of Mlungu Wam, every precaution has been taken to "adhere to the production Covid-19 guidelines supplied by government" to keep the cast and crew safe while filming. 

"Following self-isolation measures, all cast and crew will be staying in the same house throughout the entire production to limit the chances of contracting the virus". 

'Charm, charisma and energy' 

Adorable little girl

Already thinking ahead, Kamva tells us she plans on continuing her acting career after Mlungu Wam wraps. 

"I want to do another movie, do the best and succeed in acting". 

And while she's currently focused on her film career, the Grade 4 learner, who has been perfecting dancing, singing and acting at Curro Rivonia, says she just loves entertaining people. 

"I like that I can express my feelings and also entertain people". 

Jenna Bass, director at Fox Fire Films, says that Kamva was a clear fit for the starring role.

"We chose Kamva for her infectious charm, charisma and energy - we think she will be a star on camera". 

We can't wait to see what the little dynamo does in future! 

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