From Rififi Pictures comes a new film titled “Tell Me Sweet Something,” directed by the award-winning filmmaker Akin Omotoso (“Man on Ground”), which was inspired by Omotoso’s love of love songs, the romance classic “Love Jones,” and his desire to tell a story that celebrates love in the city he loves – Johannesburg, South Africa.
Starring Nomzamo Mbatha, Maps Maponyane, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Kagiso Lediga, Thomas Gumede, Thembi Seete and Mandisa Bardill, “Tell Me Sweet Something” tells the story of Moratiwa (Mbatha): an aspiring novelist with writer’s block. She hasn’t had much luck with love ever since her ex-boyfriend Norman went out to buy milk and never came back. Tired of having a recluse as a best friend, Tashaka (Ziqubu) convinces her to party up a storm at a new club in the city; it is here that she meets South Africa’s no.1 celebrity model, Nat Masilo (Maponyane), or as she nicknames him “The 45 Foot Man” on account of a huge billboard in which he features (in)conveniently situated directly opposite her bookshop. Will they or won’t they?
Promising a charming, funny and romantic film that shows a side of Johannesburg rarely seen, the film, funded by Mvest Media (a division of Mvest Group), Ladies & Gentlemen, The National Film and Video Foundation, PANA TV, the Gauteng Film Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, and a team of Crowd Funders, is now in theaters in South Africa.
If it travels, I’ll certain let you know on this blog.
In the meantime, a new 17-minute featurette on the making of the film, featuring key cast and crew, has been released and is embedded below.
First, check out the trailer for the film to get some sense of what’s coming, and then watch the featurette underneath for the backstory:
“Tell Me Sweet Something” is produced by Akin Omotoso, Robbie Thorpe and Ronnie Apteker.
Stay up to date with the latest news on the film via its social media feeds: Facebook/Instagram: Tell Me Sweet Something; Twitter: @Sweetsomethingz.
And here’s the 18-minute “making of” featurette: