Stycie Waweru, a ten-year-old pupil at Damacrest Schools has never acted before. Fate led her to the audition for the film ‘Supa Modo” the latest production by One Fine Day Films.
“My dad told me about the audition and I decided to try my luck” Stycie explains.
Supa Modo tells the story of Jo, a 9-year old girl suffering from a terminal illness, who leaves hospital for home when little more can be done for her. Her mother Kathryn and teenage sister Mwix rally their little village of Maweni to help her believe that she had developed powers and is in fact, a superhero.
Our reporter caught up with the actress and the following are some of the excerpts
Rwandafilm: When did you know that you could act?
Stycie: I knew that I could act when I was four years old. I was hooked up into watching cartoon movies and other children films. I loved the way the characters were acting and it was then that I knew I could try acting.
Rwandafilm: What was your reaction when you were selected for the role?
Stycie: First I did not believe it at all….. because I was rehearsing with these girls who knew what they were doing and I was just there. I didn’t even know what I was supposed to do. I thought they would be chosen. When I found out that I got the part, I was really excited and I couldn’t wait to start.
Rwandafilm: What was your favorite scene in the film?
Stycie: My favorite scene was the part that I was supposed to fly. I had to lie on a board, which was blue like the sky, and then I was told to run and take off. Looking at the the monitor, it looked like I was really flying. I liked that.
Rwandafilm: Which was your most challenging scene in the film?
Stycie: The most challenging scene was the part that I had to run really fast and the camera was in front of me in a close up. They had to see my facials like being happy and sad, so that was the most challenging part.
Rwandafilm: Where do you see Stycie in ten years time?
Stycie: In ten years time Stycie will still acting, may be singing and also doing gymnastics!
Rwandafilm: Does your family supports you and if yes how?
Stycie: My family supports me. My father supports me for example I was supposed to shave my hair and I didn’t like that idea and so my dad convinced me. He explained that it was not big deal and that i would get to be famous, like i have always wanted.
My mum supported me on set by making sure that I was not lonely. May be for example i was supposed to act sad at a time when i was happy so she helped me get into the mood.
My sister supported me the same way as my dad. She convinced me that, the hair would always grow but opportunities only come once
Rwandafilm: What are you working on currently?
Stycie: After ‘Supamodo’ I am working on a movie about a crazy girl who inspires the whole village. It will be directed by my dad.
Rwandafilm: What message would you tell children of your age?
Stycie: My message to young children of my age is to hold on to their dreams and to never let go until they achieve what they have always wanted
One Fine Day Films is the company, which brought you the critically lauded Nairobi Half Life and Kati Kati. They are producing the current film Supa Modo with the partnership of local production company Ginger Ink Films and with the support of the DW Akademie