Upcoming Zim film to gobble US$260,000
29 June 2018
Zimbabwean filmmaker Marc Mandishona will on June 30 start shooting one of the biggest budget films in Southern Africa titled "State of Malambia", an African fantasy epic gangster movie, with four mythical creatures.
Mandishona, who is popularly known in the film sector as Marc Mandisoul, claims his latest film will cost US$260,000 with the big chunk going towards the setting, wardrobe, costumes and travel.
“State of Malambia is the biggest movie on the continent this year, by Zimbabwean producer-director with a budget of US$260,000. This is the biggest production in the history of the Southern African country and one of the most anticipated movies across the globe,” Mandisoul said.
He said the shoot will begin on June 30 and end on July 30. He said casting was finished with rehearsals now underway.
Featured on the cast are some popular faces, including Don Savania, television presenter and model Jefferson Muserera, Elroy Chatsanga, South African actress Cole Van Dais, Zambian actresses Zodwa Khumalo and Miss Tanny from DStv soap ‘City on Fire’.
“We are also looking at ushering a new era of Zimbabwean cinema with lots of fresh and exciting talent to avoid seeing the same faces we have seen before.
“We are not just making a movie but creating a global franchise and the vision includes comic books, Malambia Wear and Malambia Park development, African style Disneyland and to achieve this we are engaging Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality,” Mandisoul said.
Mandisoul said the personnel and input needed for this film did not come cheap.
“We have to bring in an external editor, art and visual effects unit to handle elements of the project. Our aim is to create a whole new world, Nyaminyami, Malaika, Shangari Man Lion suitable for the African fantasy film.
“There is also Minala, the snake spirit and Maneta the Godobori who transforms in terms of age. She can be young, and crack into old age,” he said about the film.
Mandisoul has other films such as Dirty Groove & City of Dreams which were both broadcast on DStv Africa Magic. City of Dreams was broadcast on Sky UK.