Once Requited Love Cannot (2023)

Innocent is a closeted gay man in love with his conservative best friend, Mandla. He finds himself caught in a rock and hard place as it becomes hard to let Mandla know the truth. Knowing that Mandla is straight man and likes women makes it worse until he cannot keep it a secret forever. He eventually manages to tell him but ends up changing the trajectory of their friendship until a more openly gay man, Obakeng, finds interest in Innocent. Obakeng provides Innocent with a more layered perspective surrounding the gay experience.

  • Andile Prince Mangwana
  • Project Type:
    Student, Screenplay, Short Script
  • Genres:
    Mumblecore, Coming of Age, Romance, Gay, Queer
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of the Witwatersrand
  • The Wits Film & TV Awards (2023)
    Braamfontein, Johannesburg
    November 20, 2023
    Best Script
Writer Biography - Andile Prince Mangwana

Andile Mangwana is a screenwriter and filmmaker. His artistry and work explores queer representation in a way South Africa hasn't seen while also unpacking how perspective plays a huge role in the shaping of the world we live in.

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Writer Statement

I hope my stories, just like this one submitted, are a lesson to queer people who are still figuring themselves out and to those non-queer individuals who find it hard to understand our experiences as a marginalised community.