Romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something achieved great success at the box office, bringing in more than R2 million, and garnered extraordinary reviews. And to top it all, director Akin Omotoso announced on Instagram that the film has bagged Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. According to Times Live, the award ceremony celebrates films by and related to African people globally.
Coming in fifth place at the national box office, Tell Me Sweet Something beat both Fantastic Four and SouthPaw, grossing a whopping R834 589 in its first weekend in September 2015.
“We worked so hard on this movie, and we’re just so thankful that South African audiences came out and watched it,” Omotoso said in a previous interview with DESTINY. “I’ve been going to the cinema just to thank people personally. In the process of making this film, I’ve always focused on the positives – that one day we’ll make the movie and, God willing, people will respond – and that’s exactly what’s happened.”
Omotoso also brushed off the idea that South Africans don’t support local cinema as they should.
“If you’ve been following South African films, you’ll understand what a milestone that is; that’s what we’re celebrating,” he said. “I hope this makes it easier for people who want to make films for black people to make them. Let us stop hearing, ‘Black people don’t come support or come out.’”
Another local film success story is that of Mrs Right Guy, released in June this year, which made R1 million within the first week of its release.
Source: Times Live