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Acclaimed Nigerian Filmmaker Akin Omotoso ('Man On Ground') Preps Johannesburg-set Romcom 'Tell Me Sweet Something'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 8, 2014 1:21 PM
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His acclaimed crime drama Man On Ground, traveled the international film festival circuit, winning over audiences and critics alike throughout its journey, after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 in the Contemporary World Cinema category. However, it's unfortunately not yet widely available on home video platforms.

While we wait for news of availability, Nigerian writer/director Akin Omotoso is going into production on his next feature film project, a romantic comedy titled Tell Me Sweet Something, which will be produced by Robbie Thorpe (who produced the South African box office hit Material).

Tell Me Sweet Something tells the story of Moratiwa, an aspiring writer who owns and runs a bookstore in the heart of Johannesburg. The bookstore, like her love life, is not experiencing much success. This all changes when she meets and falls in love with the unlikeliest candidate in the world, Nat, a male model, who has never read a book in his life and is desperate to be loved for his mind not his body. Against the odds, they become romantically involved but then Sashi, Nat’s now pregnant ex-girlfriend, shows up and sets off a chain of romantic complications into motion.

The film stars Nomzamo Mbatha in the title role as Moratiwa, and actor/model Maps Maponyane as her love interest, Nat.

Kagiso Lediga (Blitz Patrollie), Thomas Gumede (Otelo Burning), Thembi Seete (Hijack Stories), Mandisa Bardill (Man On Ground) and Thishiwe Ziqubu (Man On Ground) round out the cast, with Mvest Media (a division of Mvest Group www.mvestgroup.com), Red Pepper Pictures, The National Film and Video Foundation, PANA TV and a team of Crowd Funders, all executive producers of the Johannesburg-set feature, which will be shot on location in The Maboneng Precinct. 

For ongoing updates on production, follow @SweetSomethingz on Twitter.

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