Award-winner to film in Durban

Award-winning South African filmmaker Judy Naidoo.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A DURBAN  film-maker who recently won awards in America for her debut feature, Hatchet Hour, is back in her hometown to begin work on a new film, Kings of Mulberry Street, for which auditions are being held locally for two young boys in principal roles.

Judy Naidoo enjoyed success on the local and international film festival circuit with Hatchet Hour, which received Best Director and Best Picture awards at the New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania.

Her new film in a way pays tribute to her childhood in Verulam in the 1980s, Naidoo says, pointing out that it is an  original idea, set entirely in KwaZulu-Natal.

“It’s a great privilege to make this film, and most especially to be able to go back to my hometown. I’m very excited by the prospects of discovering and working with Durban’s finest talent,” she adds.

Billed as  “a little film with big heart”, Kings of Mulberry Street follows the escapades of two young Indian boys who have to overcome their differences and unite to defeat a bullying local crime lord who threatens their families.

It is said to be a charming and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family. The film also pays tribute to classic 1980s Bollywood movies and their heroes.

While various characters in Kings of Mulbrry Street need to be cast, the main focus is on two talented young boys to play the lead roles. Director Naidoo is determined to find these two child stars, as well as other talent, in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We are looking for children who have a desire to act, and perhaps some natural performing ability. No special requirements are sought, but the child must be able to read.

“This is an opportunity to grow and expose our talent locally as well as internationally, and Kings of Mulberry Street seeks to enable our young KZN talent to shine.”

Durban-based casting director Kajal Bagwandeen, of Imagine Worx, will hold auditions in and around Durban from September, on dates still to be announced. Filming will take place early in 2018.


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