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‘African film is really playing at a global stage’

SA’s latest film offering 'Mr Right Guy' premiered at the Cannes Festival & on home ground, yesterday.

TV personality and actress Dineo Moeketsi at the premiered of the local movie production Mrs Right Guy in Rosebank on 19 May 2016. Picture: Neo Koza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The local movie production Mr Right Guy made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday with a special viewing organised here at home.

The romantic comedy starring TV personality and actress Dineo Moeketsi premiered in Rosebank on Thursday night.

Following a bad heartbreak, Moeketsi's cynical character 'Gugu' gets another chance at love.

The multi-talented 27-year-old, who is known for her elegant presenting skill on Vuzu TV, says producing the movie was one of her best experiences yet.

"The best shooting process I have had to date. This film is a milestone in every way possible. I came out with one of my favorite directors who has lifted me from strength to strength, I came out with friends and support from my co-stars, a different idea of the South African film landscape, and that for me is a moment of pride."

Moeketsi, who also sings, said she is taking a bit of a break from broadcasting.

"I've let presenting lie for a little while, to pay attention to the acting and the music. Being an artist is that much more meticulous for me. I have to do it justice, that is the basis of who I am. That is my foundation. I am an artist first before I am anything else."

Actors Thapelo Mokoena and Lehasa Moloi are cast in the film as 'Gugu's' potential love interests.

Mokoena has described the movie as a light-hearted story with a real take on African relationships, and says Mrs Right Guy is different from most films.

"The fact that we have got Dineo Moeketsi playing her first super lead role and the fact that she carries this film so well, to work alongside her and watch her take it to where its famed, I believe is phenomenal."

Reacting to its screening in Cannes, Mokoena says, "We are at the turning point of this whole thing. African film is really playing on a global stage and the world is seeing our product. That's just special and that's new."