The Gentleman to premiere next month

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Much-publicised film The Gentleman, shot in Zimbabwe and South Africa, is set to premiere at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare, on October 1.

The movie features one of Zimbabwe’s business tycoons Philip Chiyangwa, Big Brother Amplified housemate Munya Chidzonga, one of leading South African actor Presley Chweneyagae (famed for his lead role in Tsotsi) and Miss Malawi Cutepie Chibale among other celebrated characters.

Joe Njagu, one of the movie directors, said there would be a performance by a local music group before the movie premiere. He said tickets were already available at all Innscor outlets.

Njagu said the whole cast was going to be present at the premiere and that they had extended their invitations to various celebrities from the region including Taygrin, a Malawian hip-hop artist.

The Gentleman is a sweeping story of love, corruption, deception and social degradation. In the movie, Chiyangwa plays the role of Mr Rogers, a Zimbabwean businessman based in South Africa.

Munya plays the roles of twin brothers, with one staying in South Africa and the other in Zimbabwe. The movie was produced by Rufaro Kaseke, Lillian Chidavaenzi and Batsirai Masvinge.

It was directed and written by Njagu and edited by Charles Mawunga. The star-studded team boasts a cast comprising Precious Makhulumo (Amakorokoza actress), Patrick Mabhena (Izolo Yizolo actor), Willis Wataffi (musician), Charles Muzemba (Estate Blues actor), Tonderai Hakuna (Lobola), Elijah Madzikatire (Neria), Sithandazile Dube (Miss Matofotofo) as well as Amakhosi theatre students Moreblessing Majola and Mthandazo Moyo.

The movie will also premiere in Bulawayo two weeks after the Harare debut followed by screenings in Malawi, South Africa and United Kingdom.