Stylish, funny, and light hearted Between Friends (Ithala) takes a sudden turn to lust, disgust, and mistrust when a spoilt little brother puts together a reunion party for his college friends at his daddy’s holiday resort.
This film is a spot on reflection of modern South Africa.
The moral premise showcases tradition vs. modernism. It’s a nice break from all the Hollywood blockbusters recently released. “Between Friends” is exactly what’s needed to break the ice while Amanda Dupont will be breaking much more than that. This lady is on fire.
This South African feature film is all you’d expect from a romantic comedy, with a touch of drama… okay maybe a little more than a touch.
If you in a relationship or out with friends there’s something for the boys and the girls, especially if you enjoy Tyler Perry’s “Think like a man” or “Why did I get married”. The ending is pretty abrupt; even though Director Zuko Nodada had found Steve from Bleep Bank (you’ll see him) he did not give us the full story. Maybe Nodada’s got a sequel in mind.
The cast is made up of real talented South African beauties and characters…
Thapelo Mokoena; Amanda Dupont; Siyabonga Radebe; Mandisa Nduna; Dumisani Mbebe; Lihle Dhlomo; Morne du Toit; Siyabonga Thwala.
Every single cast member played his or her role without flaw… Great performances all round. Our favorite character is Winston, played by Dumisani Mbebe, even though he was a push over, men should seriously take a page out of his book when it comes to loyalty.
It was nice to see modern South Africa loud and proud on the big screen. With all this talent, hopefully there’ll be more mzanzi flavor to come!
Release date: August 15 2014
Director – Zuko Nodada
1st AD – Wandile Magadla
Director of Photography – Trevor Calverley
Production Designer – Sam Kelly
Offline Ed – Gugu Sibandze
Key Make-Up – Slindile Dladla