Dir: Henk Pretorius.
With: Katie McGrath, Gil Bellows, Bok van Blerk, Brumilda van Rensburg. 100
mins. Cert: 12A
Both the blandest of
romcoms and a film about filmmaking that displays zero feel for the way films
are made. Ireland’s Katie McGrath adopts a cut-glass English accent as an
actress jetting to South Africa to research a Boer War role, landing at the
farm of a rugged local (the marvellously named Bok van Blerk). She’s snooty
enough to be mistaken for royalty; he’s rough-edged, but strums the guitar.
What could possibly happen? Getting from A to B necessitates countless
insipidly scored montages, and while director Henk Pretorius fills the frame
with veldt, early glimpses of Big Ben establish the wider lack of ambition:
it’s tourist-trap cinema, for gullible eyes only. Leading Lady opens in selected cinemas from today.