Friday, May 22, 2009

Without box office blockbusters, local films from Joziewood and Table Mountainwood aren't going anywhere

SHOOT: For a few years I have had a dream - to make the quintenssential Southern African story, an epic story out of Africa on the scale of Out of Africa and God's Must Be Crazy. The sort of local story that epitomises South Africana without politicising it. The sort of story that has a local flavour but a universal soul. I came up with a beautiful existential story set in the dunes of the Kalahari and to some extent in Cape Town. I called it HALF FULL MOON. It featured the mythological Bushmen, African landscapes and a helicopter pilot called Andy Snook. Here's more:
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Most producers will give you the pragmatic answer: the money for feature films has simply dried up — a simple consequence of the fact that too many South Africans lack the inclination or the means to go to the movies at all, much less go especially to catch the paltry local fare.

However, an as yet virtually unknown revolution has been brewing quietly these past few months.

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“Ziggy is the son of (veteran writer-director) Gray Hofmeyr; Charles’s father is Mfundi Vundla (creator of Generations and Backstage); my father is his brother, Peter (founder of Herdbuoys, one of South Africa’s first black-owned ad agencies) ,” Vundla said.

Truth is, none of this would count for anything if Ziggy’s current day job were not directing the popular youth soapie Rhythm City, if Charles hadn’t just returned from studying filmmaking at the University of Southern California, and Batana didn’t work as a producer at television powerhouse Urban Brew.

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