Na­tion­wide au­di­tions for role of iconic singer

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THE CAST for an up­com­ing film about the late Brenda Fassie, pic­tured, will be en­tirely South African.

This was an­nounced yes­ter­day by Lon­don-based film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany Show­bizbee, which will be bring­ing the film to life.

It is ti­tled Brenda: The True Story, and the pro­duc­tion team will part­ner with the Brenda Fassie Es­tate and Le­gaci Nova to see the movie through.

“Cast­ing will be fa­cil­i­tated by a na­tional open cast­ing process. Show­bizbee will be an­nounc­ing shortly how to ap­ply.

“The main role will be open for au­di­tions across South Africa. This ini­tia­tive will give the op­por­tu­nity for any fe­male across the coun­try to ap­ply for this chal­leng­ing and honourable role for the movie,” said the com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives in a state­ment.

Show­bizbee said they ac­quired rights to film the story that will be writ­ten and directed by Ed­ward W Shaw with a script based on a story by Fassie’s son, Bon­gani.

The movie will be a com­edy-drama that fol­lows a young Brenda Fassie who is de­ter­mined to be­come a singer.

It traces her jour­ney from Langa, Cape Town, to Soweto right up un­til her rise to star­dom as an iconic mu­si­cian.

“Bri­tish direc­tor and pro­ducer Ed­ward W Shaw is fond of Ms Fassie’s mu­sic. He is at­tracted to her coura­geous mind­set and her love of life,” said Show­bizbee’s Pamela Naidoo.

“Mr Shaw will bring the real story of Brenda to the sil­ver screen, work­ing very closely with Mr Bon­gani Fassie.

“Brenda will be an epic roller-coaster movie which will sur­prise the au­di­ence,” said Naidoo.

Bon­gani said he was ex­cited to be part of the process.

“I am par­tic­u­larly ea­ger to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­duc­tion, as co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, so that the real story of my mom comes alive to the peo­ple of South Africa and the world.” Le­gaci Nova, the en­ter­tain­ment group be­hind some of the best-sell­ing artists in the coun­try, said they were ec­static that “the iconic brand of Brenda Fassie” was be­ing cel­e­brated. “Her life was the epit­ome of a su­per­star who had worked her en­tire life cre­at­ing mu­sic to be en­joyed for­ever.

“This movie is a huge step in the right di­rec­tion for the African arts in­dus­try. We are highly en­thused to have part­nered with Ed­ward W Shaw and team.”

Show­bizbee was pre­vi­ously in­volved in the SA pro­duc­tion of Ubuntu, a drama fea­ture about politi­cians Roelf Meyer and Cyril Ramaphosa dur­ing the Codesa process.

The movie will be filmed on lo­ca­tion in Cape Town and Joburg. Pro­duc­tion will be­gin in Fe­bru­ary and the movie is set for release later in the year.

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