LOVE JACKED is a sophisticated small town Romantic Comedy with a twist: it involves a fake wedding, a fake funeral and a love triangle spanning two continents: North America and Africa. OK it has a lot of twists and a few turns, but it’s told in the tradition of classic Romantic Comedies such as THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE with a strong female protagonist and an overbearing father with African-American twists.
Production wise, LOVE JACKED is warm, elegant and visually stunning. The visual treatment reveals the deep brown, green and earthy hues of the African safari; the bold colors of the African Market; and the refreshing blue and turquoise of the seaside village, including the elegance of the wedding reception decorated with softly lit lanterns and billowing silk canopies.
In LOVE JACKED the characters take themselves and their situations seriously. Our empathy comes from watching two seemingly normal people being thrust into completely abnormal situations and our amusement comes from watching these two, otherwise reasonable human beings, cope with the giant lies that they have told. On the one hand, there is the sincere effort of a daughter trying to escape from under the domineering thumb of her father. On the other, it’s about the unbelievable lies she feels she must tell in order to establish her independence. In spite of all this, she does find true love, but in the last place that she expected to find it.
Our father is very similar to the overly protective George Banks in FATHER OF THE BRIDE, which resonates with similar themes, such as, believing in yourself and finding true love. These themes interest men and women of all ages, making LOVE JACKED a highly accessible and enjoyable viewing experience.
GENRE : Romantic Comedy, Feature Film • Colour | RED-HD | 95 minutes | English
DIRECTOR : Alfons Adetuyi (Family Man, Jozi-H, Ekhaya)
PRODUCERS : Alfons Adetuyi, Inner City Films (Family Man, Ganesh: Boy Wonder, Jozi-H); and
Michael Auret, Spier Films (Of Good Report, The Salvation, U-Carmen)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS : Cora Tonna, Mike Epps, Fred Fuchs, Robert Adetuyi, Lwazi Manzi & Horace Rayner
WRITER : Robert Adetuyi (Stomp the Yard, The Cleaner and Turn It Up)
KEY CAST :
Amber Stevens West (22 Jump Street, Ghosted, The Carmichael Show and Happy Together)
Shamier Anderson (Labyrinth, Across The Line, Race and Pitch)
Keith David (Greenleaf, Barbershop and Night School)
Michael Epps (The Hangover, Meet The Black and Talk To Me)
Lyriq Bent (She’s Gotta Have It, The Book of Negros and Acrimony)
Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons, Checking In and 227)
Angela Gibbs (Black Jesus, The Fosters and Girl United)
Demetrius Grosse (Numbers, Straight Outta Compton and Saving Mr. Banks)
Nicole Lyn (The L Word, Student Body, co-host and DJ MTV2’s Hip Hop Squares)
Cinematographer: Lance Gewer (Happiness is a 4 Letter Word and Tsotsi ”Academy Award Best Foreign Film”)
Production Designer: Marian Wihak (Good Witch, Hello It’s Me and The Skyjacker’s Tale)
Editor: Lisa Di Michele (Trouble Sleeping, High Chicago and Ganesh: Boy Wonder)
Composer: Steve London (Stickman, Born To Be Blue and That Beautiful Somewhere)
Songs by: Frank Fitzpatrick Music (Family Man, Urban Roots and Beat The World)
COMPLETE CAST & CREW CREDITS on IMDB
PRODUCTION PARTNERS : Inner City Films (Toronto) and Spier Films (South Africa)
Inner City Films is an independent television and film production company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company specializes in international co-productions and initiated the first official Canada/South African coproduction. Guided by over 20 years of experience, ICF develops and produces contemporary, innovative, ground breaking productions for theatrical and television markets that attract major broadcasters and distributors in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. ICF productions have sold throughout the world to more than 60 countries. The company’s outstanding reputation for high-quality, award winning productions continually garners internationally recognizable talent and strong business partners.
Spier Films is an award-winning production and finance company with offices in Cape Town, London and Reykjavik. Spier is part of a family owned group of companies that includes at least 6 of the top South African insurance companies, two food franchises in 30 countries, a wine estate, hotel and conference centre and luxury lodges throughout Africa and India. The company creates and supports films that have both critical and commercial success and often work with highly respected international producers in both a servicing and co-production capacity while remaining dedicated to fostering South African talent.