Last month�s Emerging Hot Shot, Pule Motloung, known as Pule M, of Young Minds Productions has had his film Tumelo selected to be screened at this year�s Durban International Film Festival.

Soweto Drift
Commenting on this, Pule M says: �I feel very honoured and excited that finally my work is being recognised. Such an opportunity proves that there is a great need for South African stories told by South Africans. It also proves that people are ready to listen to stories from our backyards, such as Tsotsi, Jerusalema, White Wedding and now this short film Tumelo.�

Tumelo, a child denied happiness, is the true tale of a 15 year-old girl, who was sexually and physically abused by her step-father, with her mother doing nothing to help or to heal. It was an award winner at the recent Bafundi TV & Film Festival
(click here to read interview with Pule M in last month�s newsletter)

Personally as a filmmaker, Pule M says recognition such as this proves to him that he is growing as a filmmaker and believes this passion he has for the industry is reflected in his work, which includes projects such as Thesis of Love, When We Were Black, uGugu and Andile, (behind the scenes) now Tumelo and his latest feature film, Soweto Drift.

Soweto Drift, funded and supported by the Gauteng Film Commission as part of its mandate to grow and support emerging local talent and content, is currently being filmed. Executive Producers are Pule M and Kelebongile Seopela, with DOP�s Bheki Ntombela and Sandile Sethi, and screenwriting by Tumelo Phali and Pule M.

It's a film about a naive but volatile, young aspiring drag car racing driver's journey, whose dream is thrown off track when his brother, the best spinner in Soweto, is killed. He finds himself trapped in an intricate web of schemes plotted by the people who pose as friends but were actually instrumental in the cover-up of his brother�s death. Will he unravel the mystery and find his way to closure and stardom?

Pule M says: �The film will portray the hardships that most young men face as they come of age, and I think most male audiences will relate to this young man Damage�s journey to achieve his dream of becoming like his late brother, the best spinner in Soweto.�

Pule M sees his achievements to date as proof to young aspiring filmmakers that they mustn�t give up, �they need to knock on as many doors as possible because if ten doors close surely two will open. All it takes is passion, discipline, creativeness and hard work to make it.�