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Nashen Moodley
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Jann Turner, filmmaker

Kenneth Nkosi ("Elvis")

Rapulana Seiphemo (Tumi)

Jodie Whittaker (Rose)

Zandile Msutwana (Ayanda)

White Wedding, by Jann Turner, South Africa
Feature Film Competition
21st FESPACO, Ouagadougou (28/02-7/03 2009)

White Wedding, the feature film debut by Jann Turner, is a light and uplifting road movie culminating in a wedding. Along the way, set against the backdrop of the beautiful South African landscape, we encounter a variety of serendipitous meetings between strangers, a bar filled with unreconstructed racists, and a goat named George.

Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi) is about to get married to Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) and sets off on the long trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town. When a good deed causes him to miss the bus, a series of delays ensue, and he is in danger of missing his own nuptials.
Ayanda is planning a "white" wedding, one in a fancy hotel with a limited number of guests rather than the sprawling, open-invitation township wedding her mother would prefer.
The task of getting Elvis to the wedding in time falls to his best friend, Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo), a notorious womaniser with an inability to commit. The friends are joined on the arduous road trip by a stowaway, a British tourist called Rose (Jodie Whittaker) who is in South Africa to escape the humiliation of being betrayed by her British fiancé.

Together, Elvis, Tumi and Rose make the long trip, encountering obstacles all along the way, from a crabby granny to a bar full of gun-toting racists. They argue and bond, reflecting on love, friendship and the concept of marriage.
Meanwhile, Ayanda is being charmed in Cape Town by an incredibly wealthy ex-boyfriend who has clearly decided, at the worst possible time, that he would like Ayanda back.
The ultimate outcome is never in doubt, and White Wedding provides a funny and occasionally incisive route towards its inevitable culmination.

With a hip South African soundtrack, and well-acted with great chemistry between Seiphemo, Nkosi and Whittaker, White Wedding is a refreshingly light and angst-free romantic comedy, and a debut filled with promise.

Nashen Moodley, South-Africa

Paper written during the workshop : Bulletin Africiné (Ouagadougou), Fespaco 2009.
Bulletin published by the African Federation of Film Critic (AFFC, Dakar), with the support of ministère burkinabè de la Culture, du Tourisme et de la Communication, the Fespaco, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF, Paris), the Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères, the Centro Orientamento Educativo (COE, Milan) and Rurart (Poitou Charentes, France)

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   liens films

White Wedding 2009
Jann Turner

   liens artistes

Msutwana Zandile

Nkosi Kenneth

Seiphemo Rapulana

Turner Jann

Whittaker Jodie


28/02/2009 > 07/03/2009
festival |Burkina Faso |
FESPACO 2009 (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou)
La 21e édition se tiendra du 28 février au 07 mars 2009. 40ème anniversaire

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Centro Orientamento Educativo (COE)
Italie | Barzio

Burkina Faso | Ouagadougou 01

Ministère de la Culture, des Arts et du Tourisme (MCAT) - Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso | Ouagadougou

Ministère des Affaires étrangères (France)
France | Paris

Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF)
France | PARIS

France | ROUILLE

Stepping Stone Pictures
Afrique du Sud | JOHANNESBURG

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