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UK-based Zimbabwean author produces film based on her book

Part of the cast of the film Horizon ... Supporting roles Anika Lofti and Yvonne Hayes

24/06/2014 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
Leading actress ... Fiona Baffour takes the lead role as Winnie

UNITED KINGDOM based Zimbabwean author Yvonne Ebhodaghe, nee Gwenyambira, has produced a film whose story line is based on her 2010 published book, Horizon.

Yvonne's new film - Elusive Horizon - addresses the struggles of a young black woman, Winnie, who finds herself entangled in an extortion gang trap.

British Ghanaian, Fiona Baffour takes the lead role as Winnie.

Having worked for an extortion gang for four years and rising to become its biggest earner, Winnie sets out to leave the gang and go back to an honest life.

But the gang leader Tony, played by British actor, Garry Mcmahon, is not going to let go of their biggest earner.

Tony uses Tracy, played by British Nigerian actress, Yvonne Hays, to try and lure Winnie back.

The intricate extortionists operation is played by award winning Zimbabwean actress Demetria Karongah.

The film was shot in Stoke on Trent and actors came from as far as London and Liverpool.

Main actor ... British actor, Garry Mcmahon who plays gang leader Tony

Film director Rufaro Kaseke commended the collaboration by actors from two different continents in the creative production and showered praises on the Zimbabwean author.

"The synergy between the African film makers in the UK and those in Africa is reaping fruits," said Kaseke, who has been in the film industry for more than a decade and has done several features, documentaries and short films.

"It took three months working on the script and we shot in 10 days. We had a cast and crew which was dedicated and hardworking. It is not easy for an author to write a screenplay for a film."

He added: "Being a first time producer, Yvonne was willing to learn. The uniqueness of the film is that we have Africans from different countries and some Europeans.

“We have a good balance of black and white representation. The diversity meant creativity and it was amazing. I am also happy that the number of female producers is increasing and the co-production is growing."

On her part, Yvonne also reserved praise for Kaseke, well known for his works in the popular local movies, Gentleman and Lobola.


"As an author, it was challenging to write a screenplay. Although Rufaro Kaseke is so informed in the film industry, he is not a proud person, hence it was easy to understand the know-hows better."

A test screening of the film will be done and a final edited will be produced end of September this year.

The new film will be edited by Joe Njagu of decent art house while Moses Ebhodaghe is executive producer.

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