Star-studded local movie Something Nice from London premiered last night at the British Council in Belgravia.
An adaptation of a story from Petina Gappah’s award-winning short story collection An Elegy for Easterly, the movie stars celebrated names in the local film industry including Pretty Nxaba, Memory Bususu, Munya Chidzonga and Lovewell Chisango.
Set between Harare and London, it tells the story of the high expectations associated with joining the diaspora and the disappointments many people face when they discover some harsh truths.
Something Nice from London captures the painfully double-edged sword of death in a family who must handle simultaneously overwhelming emotional and financial disaster.
In the film, close relatives end up prostituting themselves to feed scores of people who come to give moral support until the deceased is buried.
The movie, produced by a British company Latimer Films in collaboration with the British Council in Zimbabwe,also acted as a tutorial for local filmmakers who were brought in to learn from seasoned professionals.
“I feel that the collaboration has allowed me to enhance my knowledge in the field of film and sound engineering,”said Taurai Kawara who assisted Nadine Richardson on sound.
Other local filmmakers who were involved in the project include Joe Njagu, Josh Changa, RufaroKaseke, Yeuki Ndirimani and Rumbidzi Karize.
Something Nice from London will be in cinemas soon.