“I remember pointing to the screen and saying that’s what I want to be.” said Brandon Auret about the time he watched Return of the Jedi as a child in the 80’s. People thought he was talking about the Jedi, but the little boy had found his calling in life - acting.
South African actor, musician and screenwriter Benedikt Sebastian has appeared in a number of local and international productions and will soon be on the big screen playing the brother of the iconic character Van der Merwe. We spoke to Benedikt about his background in entertainment as well as his role in the upcoming film.
Chanelle de Jager
A well-known face on South African screens, Chanelle de Jager will soon be appearing in Van Der Merwe - the film which brings to life the iconic South African character and butt of many jokes. Marelise Jacobs spoke to Chanelle about how she landed the part and the perks of being able to pay it forward in the acting industry.
Often playing the role of the bad guy in television shows and movies such as Gaz’lam and Tsotsi, Israel Zulu is no stranger to being stereotyped. Here Israel talks about his role in the movie Beyond the River as well as his love for the film industry.
“When I first read that script, I just went Hallelujah. The Killing Floor is a dark comedy that almost has a Coen brothers vibe to it, although I don't want to liken it to anything else because it has such an original style. Here you have a movie with this deep Natal, almost Mississippi-like feel to it with that lovely, muddy blues soundtrack created by Dave Starke...”
Playing the role of van Riebeeck's wife Maria in the movie Krotoa, is actress Roeline Daneel. In this interview with Marelise Jacobs, Roeline talks about she approached the role and what is was like working with female director Roberta Durrant.
Written and directed by Louis Minnaar, Siklus tells the story of a man desperate to save his dying wife only to get caught in a never ending cycle. Starring well-known South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld and the talented Reine Swart, Siklus promises to be the short-film worth waiting for. I spoke to Louis, Neels and Reine about their involvement in the project.
Comedy, drama and elements of fantasy are all intertwined in this gripping tale of a man who is willing to risk everything in his pursuit to make the world a better place for all. I spoke to South African screen veteran Tobie Cronje about his starring role as the outcast Lafras Verwey.
Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo
'Twee Grade van Moord' sees the onscreen reunion of two of South Africa’s most respected actors. Aleksa Cloete, played by Sandra Prinsloo, a well-known Cape Town psychologist, has authored a bestseller, Love Doesn’t Hurt, but despite her long and happy marriage to husband Ben, played by Marius Weyers, she has an entirely intellectual view of love.
Sean Cameron Michael
After moving to Los Angeles a couple of years ago, Sean flew back to South Africa to team up local film director Chris dos Santos and fellow South African actor Brandon Auret for the science fiction drama Last Broken Darkness.