Zola Masekos The Whale Caller, is a fascinating story based on Zakes Mdas
bestselling novel of the same name. It is an enchanting, romantic comedy of sorts,
told through lyrical and magical storytelling. The film is set against the backdrop of
beautiful Hermanus, on the West Coast of South Africa. The story follows The
Whale Caller (Sello Maake ka-Ncube), a man who has long turned his back on
humanity. Its a heart-warming tale about his journey from alienation to human
connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni (Amrain Ismail-
Essop), the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur, and Sharisha, a
southern right whale.
The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on 13 October 2017 and is distributed
by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.
The Whale Caller has already won Best African Film at the Joburg Film
The Whale Caller is produced by film and media production company, Black
Roots Pictures in association with The National Film and Video Foundation, the
Department of Trade and Industry, The Industrial Development Corporation, Gauteng
Film Commission and the Department of Arts and Culture.