• Praise for 
    The Lucky Specials
     

    "The Lucky Specials delivers a sensational musical journey with a powerful message."  — USAID

     

    "One of the most beautiful stories...this year."  — San Francisco Bay View

     

The Lucky Specials

 

From the producers of the widely-acclaimed movie “Inside Story” comes a new feature-length film, THE LUCKY SPECIALS, a highly entertaining musical drama about a band's journey to create a new musical sound and catapult their small-time group to the big stage. THE LUCKY SPECIALS is set in South Africa and Mozambique, and using some of the most popular music from the region, the film weaves a dramatic storyline with important public health information about how to prevent and treat tuberculosis, one of the most prevalent infections diseases in Southern Africa.

The Lucky Specials are a cover band in a dusty town in southern Africa. Mandla [Oros Mampofu (Skeem Saam)] is a miner by day and plays lead guitar for The Lucky Specials by night. He dreams of making it big in the music industry. When tragedy strikes, the band, Mandla and their friend Nkanyiso (Sivenathi Mabuya) struggle to hold everything together.

Produced by Discovery Learning Alliance and Quizzical Pictures in association with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, with support from Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and USAID and PEPFAR through Management Sciences for Health (MSH), “The Lucky Specials” is slated to entertain millions with its dynamic storyline, new brand of African music, and a unique look at tuberculosis.

CREDITS

Director:
Rea Rangaka

Director of Photography:
Tom Marais

Production Designer:
Chantel Carter

Editor:
Melanie Golden

Executive Producer:
Sean B. Carroll

Producers:
Aric Noboa
Harriet Gavshon
JP Potgieter

Screenplay by:
Nonzi Bogatsu
Tim Greene

Story by:
Lungelo Mdlalose
Tim Greene

Casting Director:
Bonnie Lee Bouman

Line Producer:
Anna Walton

First Assistant Director:
Thabani Gigaba

Original Score:
Brendan Jury

Sound Design & Final Mix:
On-Key Sound Studios

FOR HHMI TANGLED BANK STUDIOS

Managing Director:
Anne Tarrant

Senior Researcher:
Laura Helft

Associate Producer:
Wilma Davis

Director of Operations:
Lori Beane

FOR DISCOVERY LEARNING ALLIANCE

Director of Production:
Maureen Lemire

Associate Producer:
Regan Alsup

CAST

Mandla
Oros Mapofu

Nkanyiso
Sivenathi Mabuka

Bra Easy
Blondie Makhene

Jose
Richard Lukunku

Sello
Thomas Gumede

Zwanga
Fulu Mugovhani

Download a full list of credits here