The International film industry has come to Zambia to shoot the first major feature film to be made in that country. "Touch of the Sun" is comedy and stars Oliver Reed, Lennox Greaves, Keenan Wynn, Terry Thomas and an up-coming French actress Sylvaine Charlet.
GV AND SV EXTERIOR: studies with African technicians and equipment.
SV INTERIOR: technicians checking equipment.
SV: Director-Producer Peter Currant giving directions.
SV: take of film including Oliver Reed.
CU: Curran being interviewed by Charles Mando.
CU: Edwin Manda being interviewed by Mando.
TRANSCRIPT: CURRAN: "We do make a little bit of fun against colonialism because we do have Commissioner Potts. He has a tribe around him of Africans who, because they like him, they dress up like the seventeenth or eighteenth century Africans with paint and all the funny clothes, but when they are not with him they all dress up like Noel Coward and they have their television sets and they live on the twentieth century. And it is quite a shock to him to find out one day that these Africans are a little bit better than he is. So I do not think that we make fun of Africans. We make fun of the British and the Americans."
SEQ. 5: MANDO: "You are using quite a large cast of Zambians?"
CURRAN: "Well, we have got three-hundred in one scene. I think that is fairly large. But apart from that our leading actor is Edwin Manda who plays Emperor Sumanda and think he is possibly the next big start in the world. I think he is really tremendous."
MANDA: "The Emperor, although he happens to be black, he is just in any idiom. The comedy comes from the situation. I think having the emperor black has an interest, in that you don't appreciate black people having space stations and developing this sum technology that you have never heard of and deviate an American space ship to land in Africa. That's something unusual, Something strange. Sumanda is a rather unusual character I think."
SEQ. 6: MANDO: "So this is entirely new you think?"
MANDA: "I think so. Normally when you have these plays featuring us, Africans, they give you a part like one tribe fighting against another in the bush, but never something ultra-modern like this advanced technology which is ahead instead of behind time-wise."
REPORTER: CHARLES MANDO
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Background: The International film industry has come to Zambia to shoot the first major feature film to be made in that country. "Touch of the Sun" is comedy and stars Oliver Reed, Lennox Greaves, Keenan Wynn, Terry Thomas and an up-coming French actress Sylvaine Charlet. But the producers have also signed up some local talent.
SYNOPSIS: The film, being made on location in Lusaka is financed by an Anglo-Zambian company, Natasha. In keeping with the joint responsibility for the film, the cast as well as the camera crews are a combination of local and foreign talent. The Director-Producer, Peter Curran, is keen to use aspects of local culture in the film, which is about an African emperor who uses the power of the sun to capture a United States spaceship and hold it to ransom. There is a strong element of comedy.
Reporter Charles Mando spoke to Director-producer Peter Curran and the leading actor in the film, Edwin Manda.