been put together and finalised with mere R20 000 budgets. Their first flick, titled Isalakutshelwa Sibona Ngomopho (a stubborn person learns the hard way), sold more than 100 DVDs at R50 each.
“It’s a daunting venture,” Mbalati said. “There’s no support here and we’ve had to raise funds ourselves to produce movies,” he said.
His business partner, Geoffrey Magagula (36), said Hustle Productions members, as the name of the company aptly suggests, truly hustle hard to produce and sell their work on their own.
“We’ve developed an attitude that, wherever one of us is going, he takes DVDs to sell. As a result, we’ve managed to buy some cameras,” Magagula said.
Hustle Productions has finished shooting another movie – Ifa Lami (my inheritance) – which is being edited in Mbalati’s bedroom with financial support from a local undertaker.
“We usually need 20 people, including actors, directors, scriptwriters and photographers to make a movie.
“Our actors are mostly unemployed young people. Each of us takes two roles.
“I act and I’m also director of photography,”
HUSTLING Nkosinathi Mbalati (25), Geoffrey Magagula (36) and Joseph Makuwa (25) in their studio in Block C outside Malalane in Mpumalanga. The trio are part of a local film company, Nkomazi Hustle Productions, which has produced two movies without any institutional or financial support. Above: Scenes from Nkomazi Hustle Productions’ movie, Ifa Lami