With the advancing digital technology, film production has improved a great deal, especially in Africa where modern-day equipment was, until recently, hard to come by. Availability of affordable production equipment has made it possible for young Africans to pursue their dreams in film.
This burst has in turn brought with it new levels of creativity as witnessed in the latest Malawian action flick titled “The Town Monger”. Since the release of its trailer a few weeks ago, the film, which is the first locally produced action movie, has generated a lot of online buzz and is already attracting the attention of top cable distributors in the region.
Although the film lacks the high-tech creations seen in Hollywood movies, its highly thrilling Kung Fu style action scenes have made it a blockbuster in Malawi and neighboring countries.
The Town Monger is a production of a local acrobatics group made up of four school drop-outs from Area 36 Township in the capital Lilongwe. The group, which calls itself Kufewa Acrobatics, has for a long time been performing in the streets of Lilongwe for handouts from passersby.
The four acrobats are self-taught and mainly relying on Jackie Chan movies and Cirque de Soleil videos to improve their acts. In 2015, having perfected their rare talents, the four embarked on a mission to make their own movie. That’s how The Town Monger was born.
BY FREDRICK NGUGI