The long-awaited Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word will be released on 19 February 2016 and is the first to be adapted from a book written by a South African black female author Nozizwe Cynthia Jele. The trailer debuted on V Entertainment, which was part of Vuzu TV on Friday, 11 December 2015.
The film showcases some of the most talented names in the entertainment industry in South Africa and in the Diaspora. It follows the lives of three black women living out their dreams. Mmabatho Montsho plays Nandi, a lawyer and compulsive perfectionist, Khanyi Mbau plays Zaza, a go-getter who lives the high life as a trophy wife and Renate Stuurman plays the role of Princess, a trend-setting art gallery owner. While all three support each other and have everything they could ask for, they learn that happiness runs deeper than just accumulation of material possessions.
The movie has a strong male presence, with ‘Jacob’s Cross’ star, Hlomla Dandala alongside four male leads. Internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa plays Thomas, fiancé to Nandi, while talented Ghanain ‘Tinsel’ star Chris Attoh portrays his namesake Chris, who would like to turn back the clock. Simo Magwaza is Bheki, Zaza’s inattentive husband and Richard Lukunku, best known for his role as Pascal in Inkaba, is Princess’ new `mysterious’ lover.
The trailer is eye catching and captivating, thanks to the expert cinematography by internationally recognized award-winning filmmaker Lance Gewer. Gewer has 28 years’ experience in the film industry and his skills has been used to film acclaimed movies such as the Oscar winning film, Tsotsi.
Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word is directed by Thabang Moleya, who has an extensive showreel in the drama genre, having directed JOZI H, an international medical drama series which was aired in South Africa and Canada. He later moved to directing popular, local drama series such as Jacob’s Cross, The LAB, Zone 14 and Sokhulu and Partners.
The production team also boasts big names in the industry such as; Hard to Get producers Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring, and producer Bongiwe Selane.
Although the narrative focuses on South African culture, there’s still a universality about the premise of the film.
Busisiwe Ntilintili adapted Jele’s novel into a screenplay and has this to say about her experience: “It was a great pleasure to write a romantic, contemporary South African story that showcases urban Africans searching for love.”
Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, who is currently busy with her second novel, kept a strong hand on the adaptation of the movie and has been integral in the film production.
“The movie features strong female leads, an exciting development in the local film industry. It is hilarious, sometimes sad, a true reflection of life. But the ‘girls’ never give up on trying to find happiness.’ concludes Jele.
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