Akin Omotoso’s latest feature Tell Me Sweet Something was a box office hit in South Africa. It was also released across the continent to much praise and has been nominated for seven awards in the upcoming Africa Magic Viewer Choice Awards including Best Film and Best Director. This well loved film will have its US premiere at The Pan African Film Festival.
‘Tell Me Sweet Something’ is about Moratiwa (Nomzamo Mbatha) an aspiring novelist with writer’s block. She hasn’t had much luck with love ever since her ex-boyfriend Norman went out to buy milk and never came back. Moratiwa now runs a second-hand bookshop in the hippest most vibrant part of the new Johannesburg, unfortunately in the glamorous world of it girls and boys; books are not ‘a thing’. Tired of having a recluse as a best friend, Tashaka (Thishiwe Ziqubu) convinces her to party up a storm at a new club in the city; it is here that she meets South Africa’s no.1 celebrity model Nat Masilo (Maps Maponyane) or as she nicknames him “The 45 Foot Man” on account of a huge billboard in which he features that is (in) conveniently situated directly opposite her bookshop.
They exchange small talk and Moratiwa isn’t impressed that Nat doesn’t read books. As she tells Tashaka: “He’s a model, what would we talk about?” Tashaka replies: “Who says you have to talk? Against all the odds, Nat begins to court Moratiwa. Two different worlds collide in this charming, funny, romantic and very sweet film showing a side of Johannesburg that is rarely seen: The City of Gold as a City Of Love. Will they or won’t they? As Moratiwa says to Nat: “I am writing a love story.” Nat says: “Will they get together?” Moratiwa replies ‘I haven’t written the ending yet.”
This entertaining romantic comedy is filled with a talented fresh cast. Nomzamo Mbatha, who plays Moratiwa, is the face of Neutrogena and was recently nominated as the Trendsetting Celebrity of The Year in The South African Of The Year Awards. Maps Maponyane who plays Moratiwa’s love interest, Nat. Maps is mainly known for his works as a model, TV presenter, actor and writer and has won multiple awards including Cosmo’s Sexiest Man.
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