Filmmaker smiles all the way to Durban

His movie will open international festival

AN EASTERN Cape film producer who gave up a career in banking to follow his passion is over the moon after his movie was chosen to open the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) next month.

BREAKTHROUGH: Luzuko Dilima is excited his movie Of Good Report will have its world premier at the Durban festival

The film, Of Good Report, written by well-known South African director Jahmil X T Qubeka and produced by Mike Auret and KwaDwesi resident Luzuko Dilima, will have its world premier at the DIFF on July 18.

Dilima, 33, said the movie was a thought provoking film.

“It’s a really brave film about some of the most topical issues in our society,” Dilima said.

The movie tells the tale of a smalltown high-school teacher with an appetite for young girls.

The trouble for Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano) begins when he accepts an invitation to a drinking session at a local tavern.

Here, he meets the undeniably gorgeous Nolitha Ngubane (Petronella Tshuma).

Captivated by her beauty, Parker experiences an ecstasy he has never known before and truly feels like a man reborn.

An illicit affair ensues. However, there is just one problem: the beautiful Nolitha is one of Parker’s pupils and just 16 years old.

Parker quickly spirals into a deep obsession that ultimately turns to a tragedy.

Dilima, of New Brighton Pictures, said the black and white 87 minute movie explored the notion of a society that had lost its values.

“A society where it is normal for an older man to have a relationship with a teenager.

“It also looks at the violence that exists between men and women.”

He said they hoped the movie, which took just less than a month to film, would do great after its Durban debut.

Dilima said he met Qubeka at high school and they founded New Brighton Pictures together in 2010.

“I was working at a bank and somehow got roped in to helping out at a movie set and fell in love with it,” Dilima said.

“He was shooting his movie A Small Town Called Descent and by the end of the shooting, I had already quit my job. I then moved to Johannesburg and studied film production at Moments Entertainment.”

The movie, shot in Somerset East in May last year, has a star studded cast that includes Nomhle Nkonyeni, Tina Jaxa, Port Elizabeth comedian Ntosh Madlingozi and Frances Dulwana.

Dilima, who was born in Somerset East and moved to Port Elizabeth when he was 10, said his partner Qubeka referred to the movie as the tale of Little Red Riding Hood told from the wolf’s perspective.


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