For the love of film and theatre

Mpho Lovinga

Seasoned actor and theatre director, Mpho Lovinga, is one of the few actors from the Free State who has made a mark in the international film industry. Mpho Lovinga from Rocklands Kasi in Mangaung, told Bloemfontein Courant Voice: “I was born in Qalabotjha Kasi in Villiers in the Free State, but I am now living in Mangaung. I have always loved acting. When I was a teenager, I watched Ken Gambu acting in a film, Dingaka. I was so excited to see an African acting in a film. I was immensely inspired and my biggest dream was to act in films.” His career as an actor took him to Mbare in Zimbabwe in 1998. He was one of the actors who acted in a successful Canadian movie, High Explosives. Mpho says: “The movie was directed by Tim Bond of Canada. I played the role of Gabriel, one of the war survivors during the war in Angola. Gabriel knew where the rebels had planted the bombs and helped the Organisation of African Unity to clear the bombs in Angola.” Lovinga has also featured in other international films. In 2000, he appeared in a film, Dr Lucille, which was directed by Michael Milahka of Canada and it was filmed in Pretoria. He played the role of Blessing. The film was about the war in Uganda. He acted with the international actor, Louis Gosset Jnr. Mpho also had a role in Final Solution, directed by Chris Krusen of California in the USA. “The film was shot in Cape Town in 2001 and was about reconciliation in South Africa. I played the role of Moses. I acted with international actors, John Kani and Vusi Kunene. Dr Kani played the role of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, while Kunene played the role of a commander of the Umkhonto we Sizwe army,” he said. Other films he has acted in are Max and Mona, directed by Terry Mattera and Catch A Fire, directed by Phillip Noyce of America. His performance in theatre productions include Moshoeshe, directed by Danny Moleko, The Suit, directed by Wits Lesenyeho, Madonna of Excelsior directed by Roel Twijnstra of Holland and Sizwe Banzi is Dead, directed by Vice Motshabi. – FLAXMAN QOOPANE