Dineo Moeketsi as Gugu Hlatshwayo in Mrs Right Guy
Dineo Moeketsi as Gugu Hlatshwayo in Mrs Right Guy - CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER VERSION. (Image: Mrs Right Guy on Facebook)

Ticking every box for escapist romantic fantasy - and for female power both on screen and behind the scenes - is new South African romcom Mrs Right Guy, which hits local cinemas on 27 May.

The film stars Dineo Moeketsi as love-wounded Gugu Hlatshwayo, who grew up under the curse of being the "It Girl" - beautiful, wanted by everyone, ultimately heartbroken.

Mrs Right Guy follows Gugu as she meets two eligible young men: serial seducer Dumile (Thapelo Mokoena) and regular good guy Joe (Lehasa Moloi). Can she see through Dumile's charm, wealth and power, can she see Joe for who he is - or is she doomed to repeat her past mistakes?

"It's the perfect vehicle for Dineo Moeketsi's big-screen debut," says Nigerian-born filmmaker Adze Ugah, who directed the movie. "The storyline about the challenges facing a strong single woman in her search for a mate is highly topical. The film reflects the complications millennials face as they try to find true love."

'A team of strong women with their own unique take'

Female power onscreen is matched behind the scenes by a team of highly experienced film and television women: producer-writer Mokopi Shale, producer-writer Cati Weinek, and producer Kethiwe Ngcobo.

The three women are the co-founders of Fuze Films, which was recently awarded the contract for a slate of films by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

"It's encouraging to see light-hearted, upbeat films being made by a team of strong women who have had their own unique take on the script and the production of Mrs Right Guy,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film in South Africa.

 

 

Mrs Right Guy was funded by the NFVF in association with the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Writing-production team: quick background

Prior to the formation of Fuze Films, Mokopi Shale worked on a number of popular local television productions, including the thriller Thola (as script editor), series 1 and 2 of Mfolozi Street (head writer), and drama series It's Complicated (head writer and co-producer). She was also the creator of love makeover show Mokapelo.

Cati Weinek's credits include the NFVF's ground-breaking Sediba script development programme (of which she was co-creator), documentaries including Uranium Road and Here Be Dragons (producer), and 26 episodes of one of South Africa's longest-running TV soapies, Soul City.

She was also co-producer of satirical comedy feature Gog' Helen, which was in competition at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival, and producer of Vryslag, which won best short film at the 2015 Silwerskermfees.

Kethiwe Ngcobo ran her own company, Fuzebox, for several years, during which time she produced 39 episodes of Thetha Msawawa, which won the UNICEF best children's drama award in 2001, the critically acclaimed documentary Project 10: Belonging, and 13 episodes of youth drama series Bubomi' Sana.

She also produced the first series of TV dramas Thola and Mfolozi Street and relationship drama It's Complicated, and in 2016 will be working on the second series of all three productions.

Lead actors and director: quick background

Actress, singer, dancer and television presenter Dineo Moeketsi hosted the Channel O music magazine show O-Access from 2011 to 2012. She has appeared in a number of theatre productions including Grease, The Fifth Floor and 66676, and starred in the role of Lindiwe in the SABC1 youth drama series Soul City in 2010. In 2014 she co-hosted (with Shugasmakx) the Mzansi Magic reality series My Perfect Proposal. Dineo currently appears as Naledi in the e.tv soap Scandal.

Lehasa Moloi has hosted e.tv's music and gadget review magazine show Mgongo since 2012. He has appeared in TV commercials, music videos and various soapies, including Rhythm City and Isidingo. In Spud: The Movie he played PJ Luthuli. He has also appeared in the television series Erfsondes, Soul Buddyz, Muvhango and Wild at Heart.

Thapelo Mokoena presented the first season of the South African version of Fear Factor in 2005. He has appeared in the SABC1 soapie Generations and the drama series Mzansi. He was also one of the celebrities to compete in the sixth season of the SABC3 reality competition Strictly Come Dancing, in 2013. In 2014 he hosted the e.tv reality makeover series Sinawe72.

Director Adze Ugah began his foray into filmmaking at the National Film Institute in Jos, Nigeria. He moved to South Africa to further his studies, and earned an Honours degree at the South African School of Film and Drama (AFDA). He has worked as assistant director on SABC 1 television drama series Home Affairs and the feature film series Heartlines, as well as City Sesla. Ugah featured as one of several directors on television drama series such as Society, Zone 14 and Jacob's Cross. He served as lead director on Mzansi Magic's massively popular telenovela Isibaya, and has to his credit the multi-award-winning documentary Burning Man.

Source: staff reporter

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