The innovative, improvised debut feature of Capetonian film director Jenna Bass is soon to be unveiled at its World Premiere In Competition at the Durban International Film Festival. LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE tells a story about a sex-line operator, a dog handler and an IT-technician who begin to suspect that their romantic relationships are the subject of a bizarre conspiracy, involving their friends, family and possibly even greater forces.
Beside being a filmmaker and writer, Jenna is also the editor of Jungle Jim, an illustrated pulp-literary magazine that showcases imagination-driven, genre-inspired stories by African writers. Her blog also holds a platform for her to speak her mind on subjects revolving around the film industry in South Africa and is a great example of her collaborative efforts with multifaceted individuals that she finds important to work with.
When venturing into creating LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE, Jenna chose to work without a script. Her cast includes Louw Venter (Semi-Soet, Jimmy In Pienk, Corne & Twakkie), and the new talent discoveries of Zimbabwean-born thespian Chi Mhende (Waiting For The Barbarians, Nothing But The Truth) and newcomer, 17-year-old Mogamat Dayaan Salie. Her choices of a diverse ensemble of professionals and non-actors, improvising all the scenes within the high-concept narrative, results in exceptional performances and rapid-fire dialogue. In her creation of the film Jenna was supported by executive producers Lawrence Mattis (The Matrix Trilogy, The Walking Dead) and Steven Markovitz (Viva Riva!, African Metropolis) with sound design and composition by Ross Dorkin from the hugely popular local band Beatenberg.
This is what executive producer Steven Markovitz had to say about her:
“Jenna Bass is a rare talent that is about to be recognized on the world cinema stage. She has excelled in every department she worked on in this film, a remarkable achievement. We are proud to be launching the film in South Africa first at the prestigious Durban Film Festival”