What are the hurdles faced by single black women navigating the world of romance? That’s the question at the heart of quirky new comedy film Seriously Single, which is currently being shot on location in Johannesburg. The film will be released in cinemas next year and is the latest project to come out of the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF).
The film tells the story of Dineo, who is the definition of serial monogamist. She dates to fall in love. She falls in love to get married. But she never gets married. She always ends up dumped. When she meets Lunga Sibiya, he seems to be the man she’s waited her whole life for, a man who shares her values when it comes to love and relationships. Or so she thinks… After a messy breakup with Lunga, her commitment-phobic bestie, Noni, helps Dineo face what she dreads most: life as a single woman.
The film stars Fulu Mugovhani, who is known to local audiences from her leading role in Ayanda (2015), a performance that earned her many awards and nominations from the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the South African Film and Television Awards and the Africa International Film Festival. Seriously Single also stars comedian, author and producer Tumi Morake (3 Days to Go, Kota Life Crisis, Red Cake – Not the Cooking Show,) Bohang Moeko (Is’thunzi, The Queen and Housekeepers) and Yonda Thomas (Isidingo, Saints and Sinners).
“The film is essentially a quirky, witty, comedy about what it means to be black and female in the South African dating world,” say co-directors Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela. “It touches on what women have to deal with when it comes to sex and men, and how society expects women to behave. But at the heart of it, it’s about two friends trying to find their version of love: romantic love, love as friends and self-love. We get to watch as these two characters try to define themselves in an ever-changing world where you have to deal with life in the real world and life on social media as well.”
Written by Lwazi Mvusi who wrote and directed the 2018 feature Farewell Ella Bella, the film is produced by siblings Tshepo, Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela of Burnt Onion Productions, a company that has produced numerous award-winning television drama and sitcoms; lifestyle and reality shows. Seriously Single is directed by Katleho Ramaphakela and Rethabile Ramaphakela, who will be making their feature film directing debut
The film was made with the support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF)
“We are really excited about having this film on our slate for 2020,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “It’s a funny, beautiful and well told story, and it features some of the country’s top young stars.”