Upcoming writer to premiere debut movie in SA
By Munashe Rungano
Upcoming writer Comfort Mushanyuki is set to premier his debut film in South Africa next month.
The 90 minute movie titled Dark Wind that was shot in locations dotted around Limpopo Province boasts of a youthful cast of mainly budding Zimbabwean and South African actors.
Speaking to Showbiz Mushanyuki said, Dark Wind addressed the day to day challenges faced by the youth in communities a story-line that he said has been abandoned by veteran film makers.
He said: “Looking at the mainstream film industry now, the market is flooded by love and romantic films if not action packed. I am coming in with a fresh but vital angle which is the trials and tribulations the young are facing. My film touches a lot on those little ignored matters of family and serves to prepare and train the youth to embrace a positive mindset.”
The 25 year old Mutare bred writer said the levels of crime mostly by misguided youths had escalated, a factor he said propelled him in coming up with a story line which seeks to encourage the importance of education and respect towards the elderly.
“The rampant crime rate especially here in SA made me feel it was befitting to educate through entertainment hence this film. I would also say I took it upon myself to help eradicate crime in the community and try to empower the youths by nurturing their skills in any field of specialty,” he said.
“Having a pool of the youths making up the cast also helps in delivering the message behind the film as some of the actors have been through some of the experiences we are portraying.”
Among some of the issues being tackled by the film are substance abuse.
The cast is made up of South Africans and Zimbabweans, which the writer says would also come in handy in addressing the xenophobia issue that is currently topical in across the Limpopo.
Mushanyuki said he was banking on the wider and vibrant South African film spheres to help push his project onto the international scene.
“The equipment is much better here and they have wider media avenues which l intend to exploit in furthering my dream as a film maker. I still have a lot to learn and the best way to do that is being among the best in the game,” he said.
Rodney Gepe, producer of the film producer and assistant director said they had done all the ground work as far as shooting was concerned.
“We just finished scene shooting which took us three months and now our focus is on post-production. Come next month we will be unveiling the project and we are hoping to get a good response as we have put in hard work,” Gepe said.