Celeste Ntuli Stars in New Romantic Comedy Film – Looking For Love
‘looking for Love’ stars Celeste Ntuli, one of South Africa’s favourite actors and comedians, in the role of ‘38 and single’ Buyi. She is an often inappropriate workaholic who is under pressure to find love. Also featuring in the star-studded cast are Trevor Gumbi, Lillian Dube and Phindile Gwala.
The film is by a Nigerian-born filmmaker Adze Ugah and portrays some of the perils of the local dating scene for women who are almost 40.
What’s unique about the film is that it’s an adult comedy, which we believe is a first for SA cinemas
It tells the story of an average South African girl who is doing her best to get by and has no choice but to use her wits to navigate the complex maze of relationships, while also figuring out a career path. Traditionally, films of this nature feature a female lead with attributes that make her extremely desirable, but our character is stripped bare of that. She could easily be someone we meet on the street
A stellar cast
Ntuli is an award-winning, full-time stand-up comedian who first captured the public’s attention on SABC’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, where she came third. She’s a household name today and one of the few female comedians at the forefront of the male-dominated South African comedy industry. She won the Mbokodo Award for Best Comedienne in 2015, and was a nominee in the SA Comics Choice Awards for 2015 and 2016 (voted for by peers in the industry, including Trevor Noah and Loyiso Gola). She has performed at some of the country’s biggest comedy events, including the Comedy Central International Festival, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, BET Experience Comedy Festival and the Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Ross. Ntuli attributes her success to the fact that no subject is taboo as far as she is concerned. She can be seen daily on television as one of the main characters, Siphokazi Zungu, in ‘Isibaya’, on Mzansi Magic, which has a viewership of more than one million.
In the role of Greg is Trevor Gumbi, one of SA’s top comedians, writers and actors. A well-known face on television, Gumbi has appeared at several major comedy events in the country, including Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, King-size comedy jams, Blacks Only, Laugh out Loud and Arts Alive Comedy Festival. He has gained voice over experience on e.tv’s animated series ‘Jozi Zoo’, can be heard on 5fm, as ‘The black guy at a braai’. In 2016, he replaced DJ Sbu as host of the SABC1 game show Friends Like These, beginning with the fourteenth season. He also starred in his own dark comedy/drama series ‘The Sober Companion’ on SABC3.
Fans of actress Phindile Gwala, who is famous for her role in the soapie ‘Muvhango’, will see her in a different role, that of Lindi, a serial blessee living a lavish lifestyle. Lindi thinks about men all the time, even going to church to look for potential blessers.
In the role of Buyi’s mother Mrs Dube, is veteran, multi-award-winning actress Lillian Dube, most fondly known for her role as Sister Bettina in the SABC1 drama series Soul City – a role she played for 15 years.
‘Looking for Love’ opens at cinemas nationwide on 31 August 2018. The film is distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution (IFD).
#WCW: Cast Of Baby Mamas
#WCW The Cast Of Baby Mamas.
This week we appreciate the gorgeous cast of an upcoming South African film, Baby Mamas. The motion picture features the outspoken Dineo Ranaka, gracious Thembisa Mdoda, the ever smiling Salamina Mosese and well-bred actress Kay Smith.
Each cast member plays a role that an average everyday woman can identify with, In celebration of the film and of course this week’s woman crush wednesday, we get to celebrate these ladies.
Dineo Ranaka is by far one of the most candid celeb’s in Mzansi and we’ve seen her work behind and in front of the camera. Fans fell in love with her during her youth days at YFM as well as her successful reality TV shows.
Dineo is currently on Metro FM as she co-hosts a show alongside Lerato Kganyago. In the film, Ranaka portrays a character of a fun-loving lady called Joy.
Thembisa Mdoda is no stranger to our screens and on this project she plays a no-nonsense role of a lady called Sandy. The award winning TV star has graced many magazine covers and she still has a lot to offer the entertainment industry.
Salamina Mosese is an amazing mother and wife who has been in the industry for years. She won the Top Billing presenter search back in 2008 and is married to Tshepo ‘Howza’ Mosese. In the film she’ll be playing Toli, a single mom who is on the path of finding love.
Cape Town based actress Kay Smith plays the role of the ever loving Chantel. In the movie, she discovers that she is pregnant and her world is turned upside down. The Magnet Theatre graduate previously played Tarryn on the 7de Laan soapie.
These ladies are on the October cover of Bona Magazine alongside Stephina Zwane. They all open up about working on set together, motherhood and baby daddies.
Check the trailer below: