Damyna the Musical movie, produced in Zambia
Damyna the Musical: the Director's Bio
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Producer, director and screenwriter Peter Langmead has spent most of his career in Africa. Damyna the Musical is a reflection of this, and combines the tale of a rural romance with the subtext of his observation and exploration of African culture, bringing together 40 years of experience of working with rural communities across the continent, viewed with the perspective of an outsider who is equally at home in the worlds of international finance and fine art as in the countryside. In doing so, he communicates the vibrancy of life, chronicles the aspirations of ordinary people and portrays a long overdue positive image of African life.
Born in March 1953 in Swanage, UK, he started his career as a photographer, studying at Salisbury College of Art, and then working mostly in Nigeria for World Bank development projects as a Communications Specialist, making video and radio programmes and supporting media materials for agricultural extension services.
Through his 30s Peter worked as a development consultant throughout Africa and Asia before returning to the UK as a mature student, obtaining an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and an MSc in Finance and PhD in Finance and Accounting from Strathclyde University in Glasgow. He then re-emerged as an agro-development consultant in Zambia, where he now lives.
After a lifetime in agricultural development and a desire to write and produce operas, Peter completed a BA (Hons) in Creative Arts and wrote and produced Damyna, Damyna the Opera, which premiered at the Lusaka Playhouse in April 2014. In April 2015 he produced his second opera, The Legend of Konga Mato.
Peter Langmead rewrote Damyna Damyna the opera as a screenplay and made his first feature film, Damyna the Musical. Completing principal photography in June 2016 with renowned BBC lighting cameraman Denis Borrow (Superman, The Queen at 80, Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film, Piers Morgan On..., William & Kate: A Royal Engagement) as Director of Photography and a full cast of talented Zambian singers, actors, and technicians.
The film was released 22 February, 2018. After completing an MA in film at Staffordshire University, he his made his second film, The Borderline, which was released in December 2019 He is now working on this third film in Zambia.
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