Terry Pheto, Charlie Vundla and Louis Roux
Terry Pheto, Charlie Vundla and Louis Roux team up in 'dramedy' Cuckold

Cuckold, the second feature film from actor-director Charlie Vundla, will have its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it has made the official selection list in the contemporary world cinema category.

The 40th edition of the Toronto event, arguably the world's most influential film festival, runs from 10 to 20 September. Its People's Choice Award - it has no jury awards - is widely seen as an Oscar nominations indicator.

Cuckold follows Vundla's 2011 movie How to Steal 2 Million, which scooped four awards at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2012, including the best picture and best director awards.

In a statement issued by the film's producers, Vundla said it was "amazing to have a low-budget film like this, which is independent to the core and very personal, get recognized by one of the most important film festivals in the world".

Co-producer Jeremy Nathan described the Toronto selection as "a great honour", adding that they were confident that Cuckold could emulate the critical and (in SA cinemas) commercial success of How to Steal 2 Million.

Co-producer Moroba Nkawe said Cuckold "clearly shows Charlie's directorial cinematic voice, and together with outstanding performances by Terry Pheto and Louis Roux, the film reveals South Africa's emerging black talent".



Filmed in and around Johannesburg with support from the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Cuckold tells the story of a young black professor consumed by alcoholism who is saved from self-destruction by a former schoolmate and begins a journey to save his house, his marriage and his life.

The film stars Vundla, Terry Pheto (Tsotsi, Bold and the Beautiful), and newcomer Louis Roux of rock band Shadowclub.

Written and directed by Vundla, it was produced by Siascope/House Rising Pictures, with cinematography by Nicolaas Hofmeyr, editing by Garreth Fradgley, and sound by Gita Cerveira and Jim Petrak.

The film will be distributed locally by Indigenous Film Distribution, and is set to open in cinemas nationwide in early 2016.

Source: staff reporter

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