A South African ‘juicy’ movie, Leading Lady, now showing in cinemas nationwide, appears to have been well received by the members of the public and social networks addicts, as well as by the local media.
It is time for celebration in the camp of the movie makers, who are said to be literally over the moon.
“Making money at the box office is one thing, but doing it by putting smiles on people’s faces make the mammoth task of creating a film worthwhile,” writer, director and producer Henk Pretorius said this week.
“The feedback and buzz around Leading Lady has exceeded my wildest expectations. People are even stopping me in shopping malls to ask if I’m the producer of Leading Lady,” a blushing co-producer Llewelynn Greeff said.
Pretorius and Greeff were busy brainstorming their next project at Dark Matter Studios when they received a call from movie distributor giant Ster Kinekor informing them that Leading Lady’s opening weekend was even bigger than the popular romantic comedy Semi-Soet, making it one of the biggest South African romantic comedy openings yet.
They think that the success of Leading Lady is due to all South Africans embracing and enjoying the film.
The goal to make a film for all South Africans, where everyone can laugh with and at each other, may just have been achieved, they said.
Out of the seven films that director Henk Pretorius has been involved in, this is said to be his biggest opening weekend ever. “Which means more ‘Leading Ladies’ are currently adding me to their Facebook than ever before…
Leading Lady earned R1.37 million (about US$130 000) at the South African box office this weekend, pushing the film to the third most popular film during an extremely competitive week.
“Not bad, when you are up against Hollywood franchises”, Greeff said.
Get now to a cinema near you to see the movie.