Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship MSNBC is Changing Its Tune and Rev Al Is Getting Bumped MSNBC is Changing Its Tune and Rev Al Is Getting Bumped Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Film Adaptations Of Opera Classics w/ Black Casts Courtesy Of South Africa's Isango Ensemble

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 23, 2013 at 2:37PM

The team behind u-Carmen eKhayelitsha - a modern remake of Georges Bizet's classic 1875 opera Carmen, shot entirely in Xhosa (one of South Africa's official languages), with an all-black South African cast, combining both music from the original opera with traditional music - are planning on doing a similar thing with Giacomo Puccini’s classic 1896 opera, La Boheme.
0
Noye’s Fludde
Noye’s Fludde

The team behind u-Carmen eKhayelitsha - a modern remake of Georges Bizet's classic 1875 opera Carmen, shot entirely in Xhosa (one of South Africa's official languages), with an all-black South African cast, combining both music from the original opera with traditional music - are planning on doing a similar thing with Giacomo Puccini’s classic 1896 opera, La Boheme.

But first, their next completed film, a re-imagining another operatic work, this time, Benjamin Britten’s 1957 piece, Noye’s Fludde, will make its World Premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Mark Dornford-May (who made his feature film debut with U-Carmen) wrapped production on what was originally titled Unogumbe, but will retain the title of Britten's original opera, which is a medieval retelling of the Noah's Ark story.

The film stars Pauline Malefane, who also starred in u-Carmen (and who will also star in the upcoming La Boheme adaptation), playing the lead role, updated to "Mrs Noah," in a work that's described as a complete reworking of Britten's original opera piece.

Dornford-May plans to shoot the La Boheme  film adaptation in Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town (where u-Carmen was also shot) later this year, for a 2013 bow.

The film is being produced under the relatively newly-formed F&ME/Isango banner; F&ME chairman is 3-time Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winning director Stephen Daldry, who will also executive produce the project.

u-Carmen eKhayelitsh won critical acclaim when it received the Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

With this new partnership between F&ME and Isango, a slate of similar South Africa-set film adaptations of known works of opera are expected, in addition to the upcoming 2: Noye’s Fludde, which premieres at TIFF next month, and La Boheme (although it may not be called that when the film is done), going into production later this year.

Unitel Group’s Unitel Classica label has officially come onboarded to handle world sales for Noye’s Fludde, so let's hope it gets picked up for a Stateside release. Or that, at least, a Stateside film festival is able to add the film to its slate in the coming year.

By the way, u-Carmen eKhayelitsh is available here in the USA on home video. 

Below you'll find 2 trailers: the first for u-Carmen, and the second for Noye’s Fludde.

This article is related to: Pauline Malefane


Shadow & ActNewsletter