Happiness is our 21st-century African city
Like any girls’ night out, the shoes were on fleek, the hair and make-up on point. And the cast of the local movie Happiness Is a Four-letter Word looked even more dazzling as they made their way down the red carpet at the premiere on Thursday. The film’s three leading ladies – Khanyi Mbau, Renate Stuurman and Mmabatho Montsho – made their grand entrance at the venue, Mzansi’s The Zone @ Rosebank. The male cast – comprising Chris Attoh, James van Heldinge, Terence Bridgett, Richard Lukunku, Tongayi Chirisa, Daniel Hadebe and Hlomla Dandala – followed, looking dapper in their well-tailored suits.
Mbau turned heads in her royal blue power tuxedo suit with a hint of boobage and exquisite make-up that matched her maleinspired look. “I am nervous about the movie; it is my first silver screening. My character Zaza was like the foolish 19-year-old Khanyi and I hope people do not confuse me with her, and see that Khanyi is just a brand at work. People should see my passion is in acting.”
Stuurman chose a long, pink draped dress, while Montsho wore an elegant, patterned cream skirt and crop top. By their choice of wardrobe, each leading lady looked as if she was replaying her character.
Among the many film enthusiasts present was presenter Masechaba Ndlovu, sporting a floral jumpsuit and gigantic gold neckpiece, with her new hubby, Vusi, right beside her.
Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo was also in attendance and had this to say of the romantic drama: “It was beautiful; the quality, the calibre of characters. Anyone can relate to it.”
Film producer and director Themba Sibeko said the movie “showcases the cosmopolitan urban city of Johannesburg by deconstructing the stereotypes of what an African city should be like in the 21st century”. “It’s beautiful to see how these modern women deal with everyday issues. It has great texture. I’m excited for the director, Thabang Moleya. We are seeing a significantly greater number of these positive narratives being told.”
The movie, based on Cynthia Jele’s novel, opens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday.
– Palesa Morei
Bonang Matheba (right)
hosted the event. Danny K (below) and his
wife, Lisa STUNNING Boity Thulo (right) looked amazing. David Tlale (below centre), and Mi Casa’s Mo-T and J’Something (below) had a blast at the festive shindig SLAYING
Renate Stuurman (left) and Khanyi Mbau