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Watch the Trailer for the Film Adaptation of Cynthia Jele’s Happiness is a Four-Letter Word – Out in February

Happiness is a Four-Letter WordLocal movie buffs rejoice! The film adaptation of Cynthia Jele’s debut novel Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is set to be released on 19 February, 2016.

Happiness is a Four-Letter Word was published by Kwela, an imprint of NB Publishers, in 2010 and received the M-Net Literary Award in the Film category in 2011. The film rights were acquired by producer Bongi Selane in 2013 and filming was well underway by August this year.

Starring Khanyi Mbau, Mmabatho Montsho, Renate Stuurman, Tongayi Chirisa, Chris Attoh, Hlomla Dandala and Terence Bridgett, and directed by Thabang Moleya, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is the story of a group of friends living it up in Jozi, trying to find what makes them happy and fighting for it. The novel was adapted by Busisiwe Ntilintili, with input by Jele.


Nandi, Zaza, Tumi and Princess are four ordinary friends living life in the fast and fabulous lanes of Joburg. Suddenly, no amount of cocktails can cure the stress that simultaneously unsettles their lives. Nandi’s final wedding arrangements are nearly in place so why is she feeling on edge?

Zaza, the “trophy wife”, waits for the day her affair comes to light and her husband gives her a one-way ticket back to the township; Tumi has only one wish to complete her perfect life – a child. But when her wish is granted, it’s not exactly how she pictured it. And Princess? For the first time ever, she has fallen in love – with Leo, a painter who seems to press all the right buttons. But soon she discovers – like her friends already have – that life is not a bed of roses, and happiness never comes with a manual …

The trailer has just been released, and it’s sizzling with drama, wit and romance. For more information and behind the scenes action, follow Happiness is a Four-Letter Word on Facebook and Twitter.

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