It’s been described as a dark love story, and it casts some of the hottest Ugawood actresses.
And after spending nearly an entire year in the making, Hanged for Love is finally set to premiere at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala this Friday.
The feature film, written and directed by Richard Mulindwa, revolves around a love triangle involving two men and a woman that tragically ends in a violent murder and a death sentence.
“It’s a story of an ungrateful and obnoxious girl who ends up losing her life leaving behind a trail of devastation and broken pieces that can never be fixed,” Mulindwa says of the film that is loosely inspired by a real life character.
The film stars stunning Ugandan fashion designer-cum-actress Deyby Wadsens as the main antagonist, a poor outcast girl named Mia, who struggles with chronic menstrual bleeding.
Mia however gets a new lease of life after she meets and falls in love with a wealthy man, Steve (played by Ronnie Rujumba), who manages to get her cured.
With her long-standing ‘curse’ finally lifted and her status in society elevated, she starts to catch the eye of particularly one man Mark (played by Bobby Tamale).
Can she really stay loyal?
A big chunk of the film takes place in court where an astute judge, played by Ugawood diva Hamida Mukandutiye, is presiding over a highly-publicized murder case stemming from Steve’s irrational actions.
“The moral of the story really is that we must all be able to take responsibility for our actions,” Mulindwa says of the film that charts a crime of passion, and casts Fionah Birungi and Hadijah Nakanjako among other actors in the support roles.
The 28-year-old filmmaker and founder of Limit Productions Ltd, a leading local film production company, describes the drama-thriller as a dark love story.
Mukandutiye on the other hand praises the film for highlighting a number of topical issues concerning the Ugandan society including family breakdown, youth violence and corrupt public and social systems.
During a cocktail party held in Kampala last month to celebrate the film’s wrap, Wadsens too spoke highly of the film claiming the dynamic nature of her role bettered her as an actress.
The beautiful fiancé of local RnB star Aziz Azion is still developing her art having only appeared in It Can’t Be, the WBS TV series also directed by Mulindwa.
Friday’s premiere, to be held inside the spacious Didi’s Hall at Grand Imperial, will open at 6pm with a cocktail and some music performances first before the film screening.
Tickets to the event are selling at Shs20, 000 (ordinary seats) Shs50, 000 (VIPs) and Shs500, 000 for a full table, which comes with a five-star treatment of wine, eats and the film’s memorabilia.
Moviegoers also stand a chance of winning free tickets to the event by SMSing ‘H4L’ to 6063 using any telecom service provider.
See you there.