Last we wrote about this project, in March, shooting was just getting underway on location in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The film, a multi-country co-production thriller by Pia Marais, titled Layla Fourie, is currently in post-production, and we should probably expect it to debut on the international film festival circuit in early 2013, from Pandora Film Produktion, Topkapi Films, DV8 Films and Cinema Defacto.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Layla Fourie, a single mother in South Africa, is given the opportunity to get proper employment as polygraphist for pre-employment tests at a casino complex. In the constant present atmosphere of mistrust, lies and fear, Layla becomes a suspect herself on a murder happening on her first working day.
Produced by Germany’s Pandora Film Produktion, South Africa’s DV8 Films/Zinebar, IDTV (Netherlands), Cinema Defacto (France) and WDR/ARTE, the English-language Layla Fourie stars black British actress Rayna Campbell as the title character, and August Diehl (who most will remember from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds playing SS-Sturmbannführer Dieter Hellstrom).
The Match Factory is selling the film globally.
Rayna Campbell is one Brit actress we really haven’t talked about here; and that might be because she’s still relatively new to the industry (if her IMDB page is accurate), and she’s done primarily British television and stage work.
Layla Fourie is scheduled to debut in 2013, and we’ll continue to track its progress, and report as developments happen. I anticipate we’ll be seeing a trailer very soon.
Watch Rayna below in a BBC short film she co-starred in titled Bordeland, playing a Kenyan asylum seeker, for a sample of her talents: