More than ten years ago South Africa was shocked into sympathy for a mother who killed her own son, a young man whose drug addiction had driven him beyond the realm of help. Now, the acclaimed director of Noem My Skollie, Daryne Joshua, brings to the big screen – the story of Ellen Pakkies. I spoke to Daryne about this must-see movie.
Film composer Ben Willem, with more than twenty movies to his name, spoke to me about his role in My Father's War, why he loves his job and what has been some of his favourite projects to work on.
Sound designer and engineer, Bibi Segola, has worked on over sixteen cinema released feature films, various television series and documentaries. She has been responsible for some of South Africa's biggest films including Ballade vir 'n Enkeling, and more recently South Africa's entry for the 2017 Academy Award Entry for Best Foreign Film, Noem My Skollie.
Christopher Dos Santos
In 2014, South African film director Christopher Dos Santos began writing a script for what would become Last Broken Darkness. Filmed entirely in Johannesburg, this post-apocalyptic movie tells the story of a broken man forced to survive underground following a catastrophic meteor shower.
Eugen Olsen, creative director at The Refinery, spoke to me about the role visual effects play in movies, specifically in My Father's War. From creating underwater explosions, crocodile attacks and replacing an entire sky, Eugen takes us on a journey showing what visual effects adds to a feaure film.
American-born writer and director Craig Gardner spoke to me about the origins of 'My Father's War', how he conceptualised the characters and finding a creative solution to bridging the gap between past and present.
“Madiba: The Nelson Mandela Story” covers the story of Nelson Mandela from school boy age until until when he was elected president. Other noteable real-life characters also featuring in the story line will be Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu. Perkolate spoke to producer Lance Samuels about the series.
David Max Brown
'Noem My Skollie' follows the story of AB, a young man who must navigate his way around gangs and prison. The movie was written by and is based on the real-life experiences of John W. Fredericks who met producer David Max Brown almost fifteen years ago. David sat down with me to tell me how this amazing story came to life so beautifully.
The Whale Caller tells the the story of a love triangle between the main character known as the Whale Caller, his beloved whale Sharisha, and Saluni, the village drunk who teaches him to open his heart to people again. I spoke to film's composer, renowned South African musician Pops Mohamed to find out how he got involved with the project.
One of the most important areas in film making is post-production, where sound and visual effects come together, taking a film to the next level. I spoke to Tracey Williams of The Refinery to find out what goes on inside a post-production company and what role they played in the making of 'My Father's War'.
Regardt van den Bergh
'Uitvlucht' tells the story of Anna, a teacher at a farm school in the Eastern Cape. This film is about God’s unending mercy and grace, a story about how Love conquers all. Director Regardt van den Bergh talks about this film, how he chooses projects and what is his favourite movie.