SA marriage proposal featuring

SA marriage proposal featuring Ian McKellan goes viral

South African director Brett Lotriet Best proposes using Hollywood stars and social media

SA marriage proposal featuring

Ever thought up your dream wedding proposal? Would it include a beach sunset, forest cabin or larny restaurant?

Star Trek isn’t the first theme that pops to mind. But SA director Brett Lotriet Best knew it was perfect for his proposal to partner Khalid Shawwa.

Entertaining Shawwa’s obsession with Star Trek’s Captain Picard, aka Patrick Stewart, Best enlisted the help of Stewart’s best friend — Sir Ian McKellan. 

McKellan patiently explains to Shawwa that Stewart is not available, all while holding a sign made by Best that reads: “Mookie — will you marry me?”

Ian McKellan

“The good news”, explains McKellan  in the video, ” is that Brett is available”.

He ends the message by saying: “Think it over and do the right thing.”

As the internet waited with bated breath, Shawwa gave Best his response. Best posted this on Twitter soon after:

McKellan also posted on his Facebook page that he was “glad to hear that Khalid did the right thing”.


Best is the director of Miracle Rising, a documentary about the legacy of South Africa’s political transformation pre-1994. The film is narrated through personal accounts from world leaders, politicians, celebrities and journalists including Richard Branson, Whoopi Goldberg, Desmond Tutu, Cyril Ramaphosa, Embeth Davidtz and Mamphela Ramphele.

Check out the sci-fi proposal here: