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Happiness is a Four-Letter Word by Cynthia Jele to be Made Into a Film

Happiness is a Four-Letter WordThe latest South African book to be given the stamp of approval by a film-maker is Cynthia Jele’s Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, published under NB’s Kwela imprint. The book won the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book (Africa region), and was also the winner of the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category.

The film rights to the book have been acquired by producer Bongi Selane and a contract has been negotiated by Kwela, M-Net and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). Selane, who decided to produce the film when she judged the M-Net Literary Awards, found Jele’s book to have “the greatest promise for translation into a visual medium” and felt that it “read very visually”.

Congratulations!

Every now and again a good book gets a chance to be transformed into a movie, but rarely does one written by a female author and produced by an all female team make the cut.

One piece of good fortune to have emerged already this year is that the novel Happiness is a Four-Letter Word by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele will metamorphose into moving pictures.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    January 7th, 2013 @15:55 #
     
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    Fantastic news! Well done, Cynthia!

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    January 7th, 2013 @18:52 #
     
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    Wow!

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    January 7th, 2013 @18:53 #
     
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    By the way, ever since I laid eyes on the book I've wanted a pair of shoes just like the ones on the cover.

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    January 8th, 2013 @11:35 #
     
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    Awesome news!

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  • <a href="http://cynthiajele.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Nozizwe Cynthia</a>
    Nozizwe Cynthia
    January 10th, 2013 @10:05 #
     
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    Thank you, all. Tiah, I will find out about those shoes.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    January 10th, 2013 @23:41 #
     
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    Completely delighted. If the movie is half as much fun as the book, it will be fabulous. Oh well done!

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