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Financing a Film That Has an All-South African Cast Was a Huge Challenge, Says Director of ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’

The team chose the hard way to make an authentic South African film.

The South African movie Five Fingers for Marseilles will hit cinemas in April. Five Fingers is a Wild West-style flick that stars an all-South African cast.

According to the movie's director, Michael Matthews, the movie was a huge challenge to make. It was eight years in the making, and finance was the biggest challenge.


Matthews told channel 24:

"But trying to find the finance for a movie that's got very little English in it, an all local cast, and that we wanted to do it on a budget where the production values would really stand out and appeal to the world as well as South Africa and with it hopefully take a new step in South African cinema, that was the hard part."

But the director feels the challenge was worth it, and him and his crew could have reached for the lowest hanging fruit of getting Hollywood stars to give the movie more clout.

"There were many times when we could have made the movie if we had made it mostly in English or if we put a couple of American stars with South African accents in and that sort of stuff. We just always knew that would just make, not only a weird film, but also not the film we were trying to make and sort of take away all the integrity of what's cool about it in the first place."

Five Fingers for Marseilles will hit South African cinemas on the 6th of April.


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Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

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