From FUZE films and Indigenous Film Distribution comes the South African romantic comedy, “Mrs Right Guy” which stars Dineo Moeketsi, Lehasa Moloi, Thapelo Mokoena, Tau Maserumule, and Thando Thabethe.
Directed by Adze Ugah from a script penned by Cati Weinek, Pusetso Thibede, and Mokopi Shale, the movie follows “walking wonded” Gugu, who rejects men long before they can get too close to rock her self-imposed exile from love. But to find bliss with the right guy, she must first realize that no man is created equal and that, in love, nice guys not only have staying power but can be just right too, says the film’s official synopsis.
Produced by Dumi Gumbi, Kethiwe Ngcobo, Mokopi Shale, and Cati Weinek, the film is set to be released in South African on May 27, 2016.
From the below trailer, it looks like a cute little film; maybe not anything particularly fresh in terms of narrative, but it’s coming from a film industry that is still relatively lacking in terms of representations of black people. This is an industry, Joziwood (which refers to the film industry of South Africa) that, in 2013, saw just 25 locally-produced feature films, out of 204 that were shown in theaters. This is according to the Department of Arts and Culture. What this means is that the bulk of films that screen in South African theaters are non-South African films.
And of those 25 feature films, few are directed by black filmmakers and tell stories about black South Africans.
So, just to put this particular film into some context.
By the way, Indigenous Film Distribution also released Sara Blecher’s “Ayanda” locally; the 2015 coming-of-age dramedy was picked up by ARRAY and released here in the USA. You can find it on Netflix right now.
The above poster doesn’t sell the film (at least, it doesn’t for me), but the trailer for “Mrs. Right Guy” looks cute: