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Tuesday, August 29, 2017


(Judy Naidoo)

The search is on to discover new young movie talent.

Multi-award winning filmmaker Judy Naidoo is Durban’s own home-grown talent. Having enjoyed tremendous success on the local and international film festival circuit where her debut feature Hatchet Hour scooped several prestigious awards, including more recently Best Director and Best Picture at the New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania, USA, she recently arrived back in South Africa to begin work on her new feature, Kings of Mulberry Street.

The film is an original idea by Naidoo and is set entirely in KwaZulu-Natal. On filming in KZN she said, “It’s a great privilege to make this film and most especially to be able to go back to my hometown, to where I come from. In a way this film pays homage to my childhood in Verulam, in the 80s. I’m very excited by the prospects of discovering and working with Durban’s finest talent.”

Billed as ‘a little film with big heart’, Kings of Mulberry Street follows the escapades of two young Indian boys who have to overcome their differences and band together in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who threatens their families. It is a charming and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family. The film also pays tribute to classic 80s Bollywood movies and their heroes.

While various characters in Kings of Mulberry Street need to be cast, the main focus is on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for two talented young boys to play the lead roles. Director Naidoo is determined to find these two child stars, as well as other talent, in KZN.

“We are looking for children who have a desire to act, and perhaps some natural performing ability. No special requirements are sought, but the child must be able to read. This is an opportunity to grow and expose our talent locally as well as internationally, and Kings of Mulberry Street seeks to enable our young KZN talent to shine.”

Durban based casting director Kajal Bagwandeen of Imagine Worx will be holding auditions in and around Durban from September 2017, and filming will take place early in 2018.

More information will become available from time to time on Kings of Mulberry Street and Imagine Worx Facebook pages.