The highly anticipated Kagiso Lediga’s new film Matwetwe premieres in South African cinemas this Friday, 25 January 2019.
The movie is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives.
Matwetwe was written and directed by Kagiso Lediga and the executive producer is DJ Black Coffee.
Speaking to Channel24 about what inspired the dynamic script, the 40-year-old Kagiso said he came up with the thing when he was at university, smoking lots of weed at UCT.
“I had just moved from Pretoria, you know being the young small-town guy who just discovered weed. And I imagined this coming-of-age story and I wrote it all down. I remember, in my head, I thought I was going to shoot it just a few months later and then it was twenty years later, and I found that piece of paper and I showed it to my partner, and she said, ‘Why don’t we just make this thing?’” He continued, “We had just finished making, Catching Feelings, which is a film that I had done just before that and we just decided, ‘F**k it, let’s go’. Within three weeks we were on set shooting this thing.” – Kagiso said.
“The previous movie I made was very bland to make, there’s usually a lot of production with movies. Whereas with this one I learnt to be more instinctive, which is important because sometimes movies can take ages as a result of people wanting everything to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be so difficult, if you have the story and you have the means just do it.” – he told Channel24.