Exciting new flick starts filming in Cape Town

2018-11-07 13:49
 
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mambo and Charles Mnene as Jos

Cape Town - Filming for Sunu Gonera’s new movie, Riding with Sugar has kicked off in Cape Town. 

Written and directed by Sunu it is a coming-of-age, feel-good story about a young refugee who, despite many setbacks, finds his way, finds love and a chance to create a better life in Cape Town.  

The film will have a unique African aesthetic with powerful, visually rich scenes and an undercurrent of passion and true grit. 

“Making this film has been a dream for me since I first returned to South Africa from the States five years ago,” says Sunu. Coming back rebooted my directing career and ignited the deep love for my continent and a passion to tell our African stories, our way. It helped me discover my voice as a filmmaker."

The film boasts a strong cast which includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men, Hotel Rwanda),Charles Mnene (The Bill, Holby City, Doctors, Ahead of the Class), Simona Brown (Guilt and Roots, Him) and Brendon Daniels (League Of Glory, Madame and Eve, Five Fingers For Marseilles).

MORE ABOUT THE FILM 

Once a scholarship student with a great future, Joshua (Mnene) dreams of winning a BMX cycling championship as a means to finding a better life, but fate intervenes in the form of an accident that shatters his knee.  He is given shelter and a job by Mambo (Kae-Kazim) who houses refugee teenagers from all over Africa.
 
When Joshua meets Olivia (Brown), a talented young dancer of mixed race from a well-to-do family, it brings him into a world he has never known before. Her insights cast a shadow over Mambo's agenda and cause Joshua to rise above all odds and find a way to a brighter future. 
 
With music at its core, expect cameos from some of SA’s hottest talent and a soundtrack you’ll want to download as soon as you leave the cinema.

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