The South African romantic comedy White Wedding, starring Venus star Jodie Whittaker has completed principal photography. This is the feature film debut of celebrated author and television director Jann Turner. Bestselling novelist Ken Follett (World Without End, Eye of the Needle) is the executive producer.
Described as “a high-spirited romantic road-movie’, White Wedding has been shot all over South Africa, from bustling Johannesburg and tropical Durban to the luscious Eastern Cape and dazzling mother city of Cape Town.
Whittaker stars opposite two of South Africa’s biggest screen idols Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi, Surprise) and Rapulana Seiphemo (Tsotsi, Jeruselema, Hijack Stories).
The loyal, committed and very decent Elvis (Nkosi) leaves Johannesburg on Tuesday en route to pick up his best friend and best man Tumi (Seiphemo) in Durban. The two will then journey on to Cape Town to begin rehearsals for Elvis’s wedding to the beautiful Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) at an upmarket hotel in glamorous palm-fringed Camps Bay under the cloak of Table Mountain.
But things don’t go according to plan. Tumi, a serial flirt, has a spat with his girlfriend that leads to his car being rendered unusable; eventually the duo get on their way but Tumi’s short-cuts don’t end up making up for lost time.
As Tumi and Elvis struggle to find their way through the Eastern Cape they are picked up by Rose (Whittaker), a young English doctor who fled the altar after discovering her fiancee was serially unfaithful to her. Now there’s an unlikely trio on the road, with romantic sparks igniting between the flirtatious Tumi and their spirited British companion.
Turner met Nkosi and Seiphemo whilst directing the popular local soap, Isidingo. Nkosi is one of the country’s most successful television presenters and Seiphemo one of its best-known stars of stage and screen. Turner has written and directed hundreds of hours of television and has made several award winning documentaries and worked for two years as part of the team of producers who made the Truth Commission Special Report. A graduate of NYU’s Grad Film School, this is Turner’s first feature film. She is the author of the acclaimed novels Heartland and Southern Cross.
The three talents collaborated on the White Wedding screenplay, a feel-good movie about love, commitment, intimacy and friendship and the host of maddening obstacles that can get in the way of a happy ending.
White Wedding is a Stepping Stone Pictures Production.