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CityPress - - News - CHARL BLIG­NAUT charl.blig­naut@city­press.co.za

ll eyes were on KwaZulu-Natal this week as the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val rolled out the open­ing night red car­pet ahead of the MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards last night.

But the mu­sos had to step aside for the film stars on Thurs­day night when Sara Blecher’s quirky Yeoville rom­com, Ayanda, launched the coun­try’s largest film event, wow­ing an au­di­ence that had to be housed in two cine­mas to ac­com­mo­date the crowd.

Daz­zling the bat­tery of pho­tog­ra­phers along­side the red car­pet was Tsotsi star Terry Pheto, one of the pro­duc­ers of Ayanda, look­ing truly ra­di­ant in a tex­tured white flo­ral frock.

As the crowds swelled at the Sun­coast Cine­cen­tre, she was joined by co­me­dian and film pro­ducer David Kau, Nige­rian film star OC Ukeje, fun­ny­man Ken­neth Nkosi, ac­tresses Nthati Moshesh, Moshidi Mot­shegwa, Xo­lile Tsha­bal­ala and Hlubi Mboya, talk show diva Kgo­motso Mat­sun­yane, and a who’s who of film pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing hot­shot new kid on the block Sibs Shongwe-La Mer.

Dur­ban ac­tress Than­deka Dawn King was the em­cee and, while she pro­jected beau­ti­fully, she read from a piece of pa­per. Slightly awks.

The au­di­ence packed into the Su­per­nova cin­ema was de­lighted that the pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal big­wig speeches were kept to a min­i­mum this year and the movie could kick off at a rel­a­tively de­cent hour. It was fol­lowed by an af­ter­party at the packed Ha­vana Grill, where the wine flowed and the an­nual crumbed jalapeño chillies were dished up by the buck­et­load.

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