- South Africa may have just reinvented the western genre with this local hit
- Critics have said that the films was the most refreshing western ever created
- The lead actor hopes that seeing a black man save the day would inspire the youth of South Africa
After several gruelling weeks in a small town near Aliwal North, Vuyo Dabula completed his work in the set of a new South African Western which he believes will usher in a new genre of hero for the African youth.
Dabula, an actor known for his work on Generations: The Legacy, plays the lead role in the film Five Fingers of Marseilles which is a cowboy movie at its heart and follows in the usual plot of an outlaw who returns after many years on the run.
The film received rave reviews at several international film festivals. Critics said that it was one of the most refreshing westerns ever made.
"The film is incredibly well written and brews slowly. It is unusual. So I think audiences will flock. What constitutes success is what they say about the production. Before the numbers, do people see it as something that can compete with international films? Then we have hit the mark." Dabula said.
He said that it was important for South African kids to see a black man saving the day instead of a white man, which has been the case for most major films to date.
Dabula revealed that while they were filming in the "wild west" of Africa the production crew held acting workshops for the local kids. He hoped that some of those kids were inspired enough to pursue a career in acting.
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