Producer laughs all the way out of the bank

Thulani Gqirana

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

Of Good Report, written by well-known South African director Jahmil XT Qubeka and produced by Mike Auret and KwaDwesi resident Luzuko Dilima, will have its world premiere at the DIFF on July 18. Dilima, 33, said the movie was thought-provoking and that it pushed the envelope.

The movie tells the tale of a small-town high school teacher with a thing for young girls.

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

Here he meets 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 affair ensues. However, there is just one problem: Nolitha is one of Parker’s pupils and just 16 years old. Parker quickly spirals into a deep obsession that ultimately turns to tragedy.

Dilima, of New Brighton Pictures, said the black-and-white movie explored the notion of a society that had lost its values, where it was normal for an older man to have a relationship with a teenager. “It also looks at theviolence that existsbetween men and women.”

Dilima said the 87-minute film, shot in Somerset East in May last year, spoke to everyone. “It’s a new kind of film. It’s the second movie we’ve shot in the Eastern Cape and the world loves it.”

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

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

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

Of Good Report is the first movie they have produced independently under New Brighton Pictures, in conjunction with Spier Productions.

It 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 Qubeka referred to the movie as Little Red Riding Hood told from the wolf’s perspective.

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