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“Love, Sex and 30 Candles” Set to Premiere on Netflix August 18

A Cinematic Ode to Friendship and Empowerment as tribute to sisterhood and the journey to self-discovery.
August 10, 2023
5:58 am
Strength in numbers

As the calendar inches closer to the eagerly awaited Netflix debut of “Love, Sex & 30 Candles” on 18 August, the film’s leading actresses offer an intimate glimpse into their roles, creating anticipation for a film that coincidentally aligns with the spirit of Women’s Month.


Directed by Stephina Zwane and produced by Salamina Mosese, the film takes audiences into the lives of Dikeledi (Amo Chidi), Sade (Gabisile Tshabalala), Linda (Candice Modiselle), and Nolwazi (Bahumi Madisakwane), four women whose bond is tested by the unveiling of secrets and revelations.


With each actress portraying a distinct character, “Love, Sex & 30 Candles” explores the intricacies of modern relationships, vulnerabilities, and growth, resonating with the diverse experiences of women. The film serves as a cinematic canvas where these women’s stories intertwine, celebrating their journeys and resilience.


Stephina Zwane

Amo Chidi, who portrays the enigmatic Dikeledi, shared, “Being a part of ‘Love, Sex & 30 Candles’ has been an incredible journey of self-discovery for me as an actress and a woman. Dikeledi’s story resonated deeply with my own experiences, highlighting the strength and vulnerabilities that come with being a part of a sisterhood.”


Gabisile Tshabalala, embodying the role of Sade, added, “Sade’s journey serves as a poignant reflection of the complex layers that characterize modern relationships and the emotional spectrum that women navigate. This film stands as a tribute to our growth, our resilience, and our collective unity. Its release during Women’s Month serves to amplify its message of empowerment.”


Candice Modiselle, bringing the character Linda to life, emphasized the power of storytelling in illuminating women’s narratives. She stated, “Linda’s struggles and triumphs mirror the experiences of countless women. This film reinforces the significance of storytelling and its ability to shine a light on women’s voices and experiences. ‘Love, Sex & 30 Candles’ is a testament to the importance of embracing and sharing our stories.”


Amo Chidi

Bahumi Madisakwane, who masterfully portrays Nolwazi, expressed, “Nolwazi’s journey of forgiveness and self-acceptance encapsulates the indomitable spirit of women in overcoming adversity. This film encapsulates the essence of Women’s Month, celebrating our strength, the depth of our relationships, and our unique paths of self-discovery.”


Reflecting on her directorial journey, Stephina Zwane noted, “The symbolism of ‘The 30th Candle’ deeply resonates with me as a woman in the film industry. Just as a candle signifies illumination, this film sheds light on the complexities of women’s relationships, showcasing their strengths, vulnerabilities, and growth. In Women’s Month, it’s important to celebrate these multifaceted aspects of womanhood.”


Salamina Mosese, the producer, echoed the film’s significance during Women’s Month, saying, “Our aim was to craft a narrative that celebrates the depth and diversity of women’s experiences. ‘Love, Sex & 30 Candles’ stands as a testament to the power of women coming together, supporting one another, and navigating the challenges that life throws at them.”


Searching for love

Backed by an exceptional cast including Lunga Shabalala, Loyiso McDonald, Anthony Oseyemi, and Terence Bridgett, “Love, Sex & 30 Candles” promises to plunge into the intricate tapestry of relationships while highlighting the profound impact of friendship. Guided by Stephina Zwane’s direction and Salamina Mosese’s production excellence, the film is poised to leave a lasting impact on audiences, echoing deeply on an emotional level.


The film is inspired by Angela Makholwa’s captivating book “The 30th Candle”.


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