This week, we bring you a local production as our movie of the week.
She is King – a musical film directed Gersh Kgamedi and written by Gersh Kgamedi and Nicola Rauch.
In this movie, Khanyisile is a talented Singer/Dancer/Actor who wants to be a star. She travels from her home in Nongoma to audition for a new musical to be staged at the Joburg Theatre based on the life of Zulu Queen Mkabayi ka Jama. After a couple of detours, she lands a role in the chorus and catches the eye of the best looking dancer in the show, charming soap star Luyanda.
Will she be able to keep up with her more seasoned fellow performers, avoid the jealous machinations of the aging leading lady and survive the punishing rehearsal schedule to make it to opening night and shine like the star she is?
“She is King” is a joyous celebration of Zulu culture in a glossy contemporary setting, showing off Joburg as the “Broadway of Africa”. Think “Smash” meets “Lion King”, in Joburg.
‘She is King’ will arrive at Ster-kinekor cinemas from Friday, 01 December, but here is a trailer to get you started:
Director: Gersh Kgamedi
Writers: Gersh Kgamedi, Nicola Rauch
Starring: Gugu Zulu, Khabonina Qubeka, Aubrey Poo, Khanyi Mbau, Mbuso Kgarege, Mandisa Nduna, Sihle Mooi, Bongani Madondo, Zoe Mthiyane, Sophie Ndaba, and Mike Mvelase