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