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Good Life

OLIVE PAPADOPOULOUS, an Oral Hygienist by day, a serial dater by night, is trying to pass the time while she waits for her EX to call her and tell her he has made a terrible mistake. Instead while having lunch with her BEST FRIEND ‘C’ and MOTHER she bumps into him and his new girlfriend.
Devastated and against her mothers will she decides to escape to Greece to recover, but finds her late fathers family house has been flattened in an earthquake and the villagers are not pleased to see her. They refuse to give her a place to stay in the hotel and she is forced to camp down in the ruin of the house. There seems to be more to her mother’s past than she realizes. In a moment of despair Olive throws the watch, given to her by her ex, down a well steeped in history and superstition by the village.

When Olive seems to be staying, the villagers bandy together and try to make her life unbearable. Except for a nine year-old boy who comes to her rescue. JETMIR (Good Life in Albanian) becomes Olive’s guide, negotiator and friend. But all for a price. He charges her 10% commission for all his transactions.

Jet charms his way into Olive’s life. Olive saves Jet’s teeth from rotting by creating a clever ‘African’ toothbrush to lure him into brushing them. His new white teeth don’t go unnoticed by the villagers and before she knows it Olive has been set up in the barbershop cleaning all their teeth. She also sets about restoring her mother’s house much to the horror of the local pharmacists wife, HAROULA.

After a nasty confrontation in the pharmacy with Haroula, Olive goes on a drinking binge with the village lover-boy, NIKOS. Their relationship blossoms under the jealous eye of Jetmir. Trying to win Olive’s affections back, Jet falls down the haunted well in an attempt to recover Olive’s watch. Olive is the first to notice his absence and leads the village in bold attempt to rescue him.

At the bedside of the seriously injured Jet, Olive realizes that he may not survive and is forced to deal with the death of her father. After a night spent at the hospital she returns to her mother’s house only to be confronted by a Greek official who presents her with a fine for trying to rebuild the house without permission.

When things can’t get any worse 4 figures appear over the horizon. ATHENA and C have come to find her and bring her home. Olive realizes she does have a family, although not traditional one, and that love comes in many different forms.

  • Bonnie Rodini
    The Story of an African Farm
  • Bonnie Rodini
    The Story of an African Farm
  • Bonnie Rodini
    The Story of an African Farm
  • Erica Wessells
    Key Cast
    I am All Girls
  • Robyn Scott
    Key Cast
    After Life of the Party
  • Sven Ruygrok
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 49 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - Bonnie Rodini

Bonnie Rodini has worked as a producer, writer, director and casting director in the television and film industry for 17 years. She is most known for her feature film “The Story of an African Farm”
starring Richard E. Grant. She has also produced and directed numerous inserts for local broadcasters and studied acting in New York.
Bonnie Rodini’s career in film began in New York in 1990 as assistant to director James
Dearden on the film “A Kiss Before Dying” starring Matt Dillon and Sean Young. After returning to South Africa she started working for South African television, as a director /producer in 1996 by producing “South Africans in London” for the SABC. She also
produced and directed interviews with Richard Branson, Charlize Theron, Calvin Klein, Kate Moss, Dave Matthews and Georgina Grenville. Her other work includes inserts for the MNET show Front Row, Carte Blanche for MNET and Trailers and promotions for etv . She also went on to produce EPK’s for a number of films for Universal films and BBC.
She currently works as a casting director out of South Africa:

Raised By Wolves
Eraser 2
After Life of the Party
Around The World 80 Days
Deep Blue Sea 2+ 3
Grant Untitled Series
What Lies Beneath
The Story of an African Farm

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