Jesus' comes to town!
MBABANE – A movie depicting the life of Jesus Christ, especially when he was tempted by the devil, is being recorded in Swaziland.
Joe Frogman from Australia is currently shooting a movie which features himself acting both as Jesus Christ and Satan. Explaining the synopsis of the script, Frogman said the movie would show the conversation between Jesus and the devil.
He says the movie will contain many comic scenes and would be released in three months time.
He made an example that in one of the clips Jesus is asleep and the devil uses that opportunity to entertain himself together with demons, living a ‘stress free’ life. He says a prayer from one of the local pastors waked Jesus up and that marked the end of the devil’s entertainment spree.
"I have been travelling around the world for the past 10 years and when I finally made a stop in Swaziland recently, I came up with an idea of the script. For the past 10 years, I have been frequently visiting Swaziland and the script just came up while in the country. I decided to record the movie in the country," Frogman told the Times SUNDAY yesterday.
Frogman, his cast of characters and the camera crew were found recording a scene near Extension 3, in Msunduza. Before this recording, Frogman and his crew had visited Sheffield Road in the Industrial Sites.
In this scene Frogman – as the devil - finds a man reading a newspaper. He provocatively grabs it and runs away. The man then follows and is joined by others who assault Frogman. He described the scene as the ‘devil’s work.’
During yesterday’s film recording, Frogman was dressed in a brown gown and a hairpiece.
He said the scene he recorded at Extension 3 showed Jesus being awaked by a prayer and found that the devil had taken over. He said the movie would show Jesus visiting different place around Swaziland.
Already, Frogman has shot scenes in places including Mbabane, Lobamba and Manzini.
He said the movie would take him a week to shoot and other scenes would be taken at Masakhane in Msunduza.
He said he had not contacted any organisation about the filming since he is an independent film-maker.
"I am still looking for a work permit in Swaziland because I want to start a business of my own which would be manufacturing solar power supply," he said.
Frogman’s movie shooting attracted a lot of passersby especially children. Most people who came to the scene wanted to know what was ‘Jesus’ doing in Swaziland.
Like a real Jesus, Frogman had people following him as he walked towards Msunduza location. They were admiring his dress code.
He said costs of making the movie are financed by him and that he is looking forward to selling the production to local television stations.
Movies about Jesus have always been popular, especially in times of heightened spiritual interest.
Such periods include the counter-cultural craze of the 1970s and the millennial anxiety of the late 1990s, leading to the year 2000.
Bishop Stephen Masilela, president of the Conference of Swaziland Churches, said they were not aware of Frogman and his project.
"I cannot comment for now because I have not received a report about him," he said.
Chuck that guy out of the country asap never trust those men who come to do some dodgy business in the country cos they know our gov.. is a soft touch they can just donate some blankets and the red carpet will be rolled for out them.
May 20, 2012, 8:01 AM, dman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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