It’s lights, camera, action for MAQamovie rising stars!

MAQaMOVIE Judges (from Left to Right): Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha, Shona Ferguson and Darrell Roodt

MAQaMOVIE Judges (from Left to Right): Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha, Shona Ferguson and Darrell Roodt

Johannesburg – It was lights, camera, action at the MAQamovie Finals that took place on Saturday the 11th of April at a packed Ster-Kinekor theatre complex at the Newtown Junction Mall. Celebrity judges Shona Ferguson, Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha and Darrell Roodt had a tough time selecting the five amateur actors who would be announced as the winners of the MAQamovie competition.

Each finalist showcased their acting skills and brought their best to the stage in front of a live audience. The final decision was tough, but after much deliberation the five actors who would fill the five roles were chosen. The winners are scheduled to appear in a new South African movie to be produced by Phoenix Films and were also each awarded R10,000 in cash together with a year’s supply of MAQ products.

The acting was of such a high standard that CEO and Founder of Bliss Brands, Shoaib Iqbal, announced that each of the other ten Finalists would receive R5,000 in cash. Iqbal was extremely impressed and commented that “there is some amazing talent in the country”.

Furthermore, Shona Ferguson announced that he would cast two of the finalists in his next project. It was certainly a night for rising stars!

“The MAQamovie Finals was a star-studded evening graced by some of South Africa’s top celebrities. The auditions from the finalists were outstanding and the judges had a difficult time deciding on the winners! The talent was amazing!” says Jacqueline Jacobs, Sales and Marketing Director of MAQ Washing Powder.

The finalists were chosen from 50 individuals who showcased their talent at the MAQamovie semi-finals event that took place on the 26th March at Bassline in Newtown. “The fifteen finalists were all exceptionally talented and the five who were chosen for the roles really stood out for the judges. At MAQ we believe in making a difference to people’s lives and with MAQamovie we have given five unknown actors the opportunity of a lifetime,” continues Jacobs.

The five winners of the MAQamovie competition are:

Noxolo Simayi from North West

Sivenathi Mabuya from Gauteng

Papiso Keogatile from North West

Oleboueng Mosiwe from Gauteng

Mbalenhle Zakhe from Gauteng

Shona Ferguson chose Sizwe Nyameni and Mthandeni Mbambo, both from KwaZulu-Natal, to act in his next project.

The new movie will be produced by Phoenix Films, the creators of Mr Bones, Mad Buddies and District 9, and directed by Darrell Roodt of Sarafina fame.

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