Zim actors to star in New Zealand film


TWO Zimbabwean actors are set to feature in an upcoming movie, Tropical Snow, written and produced by Sam Franklin.


New Zealand Play Award nominee Stanley Makuwe, who is currently in New Zealand, will be part of an international cast that includes another Zimbabwean actor Tawanda Manyimo.

Makuwe plays the role of a dumb drug addict and stars alongside actors drawn from Asia, Europe and South America.

“I really love it and we should be done shooting by July. Things look great,” Makuwe told NewsDay.

The film tells the story of an aspiring filmmaker who is hired by a girl trying to get famous on the Internet and a drug dealer trying to make a website for an international drug company.

“I’m acting as a drug addict whose brain is cooked up by drugs, making him a little slow and retarded,” Makuwe said.

The film is expected to be finalised by July and will likely feature at major international film festivals next year.

Makuwe said it was a well written universal story about drug addiction and how people got hooked to the Internet.

“I’m sure not many people in Zimbabwe have heard about him [Manyimo], but he has done some big jobs like The Rover, alongside Twilight Saga film series star Robert Pattinson and the NZ TV comedy series, Boy vs Girl,” he said.

“One thing I’m loving about working in this film is being part of actors from so many places in the world. As a writer, I’m always looking for creative story-telling techniques. There has been a lot for me to learn from my director and other members of the cast.”