New TV show in the works

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AU­DI­TIONS for a tele­vi­sion drama se­ries based on the life of King Moshoeshoe I are set to be­gin to­mor­row.

Pro­duced by lo­cal firm, Land­locked En­ter­tain­ment, au­di­tions for the 26-episode drama se­ries will be held over two days in Maseru at the RCC Hall. The pro­gramme will move to Hlotse’s Mo­lapo High School on 7 May 2016 and lastly to Mat­sepe High School in the south­ern re­gion on the next day.

Land­locked En­ter­tain­ment Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Motheea Mpharoane said they opted to pur­sue the project be­cause of the “rich story” of the founder of the Ba­sotho na­tion had largely re­mained un­told by tele­vi­sion and film pro­duc­ers.

“There is a rich story and part of the his­tory of Ba­sotho which re­mains un­tapped by film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­ers,” Mpharoane said in an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week.

“The se­ries will re­mind all Ba- sotho of this great leader and founder of our na­tion. It will also teach our young peo­ple of his rich his­tory and legacy in the form of vi­su­als as most pay more at­ten­tion to tele­vi­sion than his­tory books.

“The se­ries will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on Ba­sotho and the world in gen­eral. While the story is about Moshoeshoe’s life, it will also dwell on the his­tory, cul­ture and tra­di­tions of Ba­sotho.”

Mpharoane said that due to fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges, the se­ries will only fo­cus on King Moshoeshoe I’s life from the time he ar­rived at Thaba Bo­siu.

“The se­ries will only fo­cus on King Moshoeshoe I’s life from the time when he lived at Thaba Bo­siu, from his teenage years,” he said. “Telling the whole story from the ear­lier pe­riod at Menkhoa­neng would be tech­ni­cally and fi­nan­cially chal­leng­ing.”

Mpharoane said the story would be told from the per­spec­tive of a 25-year-old man called Moshoeshoe af­ter the found­ing monarch.

“He (Moshoeshoe) is heir to the cur­rent chief­tain­ship at Thaba Bo­siu and feels he is now old enough to take over from his un­cle who has acted as chief af­ter his par­ents passed on when he was still young,” he said.

Mpharoane ex­plained that the char­ac­ter had be­come ob­sessed with King Moshoeshoe I af­ter learn­ing about his life from the vil­lage el­ders and now wanted ev­ery­body to fol­low his ex­am­ple.

“He (Moshoeshoe) now wants ev­ery­one in the vil­lage to em­u­late King Moshoeshoe I’s way of life and adopt the life­style of Ba­sotho dur­ing that time. How­ever, that leads to con­stant con­flict with his un­cle who fears Moshoeshoe will take his peo­ple back­wards with his ex­treme views about the true Ba­sotho way of life.”

Mpharoane will head the pro­duc­tion team as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, cast­ing and di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy. The rest of the lineup in­cludes Moses Lephoi (pro­duc­tion man­ager), Tseliso Tlali (pro­duc­tion de­signer), Retha­bile Tale (cos­tume de­signer) and Nthabiseng Mos­ala (screen­play). Taks Beats will pro­vide the mu­sic.

Mpharoane said shoot­ing first sea­son will be­gin on 17 May and last three months. He said they chose Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage as the lo­ca­tion in or­der to take ad­van­tage of the ex­cel­lent in­fras­truc­ture gov­ern­ment had put up.

“Shoot­ing of the sec­ond sea­son will start im­me­di­ately upon com­ple­tion of the first as it is our in­ten­tion is to keep the se­ries go­ing for a long time,” he said.

“This will be done at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage. The idea is to use this ex­cel­lent in­fras­truc­ture be­fore it gets de­stroyed as it has largely re­mained a white ele­phant.”

The com­pany pro­duced Le­sotho’s first ever soap opera, Our Times which is cur­rently show­ing on etv Africa. It is yet to be screened on na­tional tele­vi­sion.

Mpharoane said they had not ap­proached lo­cal tele­vi­sion over the new project “be­cause we do not have a tele­vi­sion sta­tion that can com­mis­sion such pro­grammes like it is done across the bor­der”.

Land­locked en­ter­tain­ment ceo Motheea Mpharoane.

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