There may be economic gloom and doom all round but the good news is that South Africa looks set for a bumper year of indigenous feature films, with several in production, a good number in the pipeline and many due for release this year.
Dv8 Films and Vuleka ProductionsÕ Izulu Lami/ My Secret Sky had its world premire at the Dubai International Film Festival in December and will premire locally at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in July. Ster-Kinekor Pictures will release the film thereafter. Written by the filmÕs co-producer Julie Frederikse and director Madoda Ncayiyana, Izulu Lami /My Secret Sky is produced by Jeremy Nathan.
In February Ster-Kinekor Pictures will release Shamim SarifÕs The World Unseen and Michael RaeburnÕs Triomf. Following in March is Johan HeynsÕ Hod se Dinges. Other films set for Ster-Kinekor release this year are Regardt van den BerghÕs Tornado, Jann TurnerÕs White Wedding, Disgrace, Andre ScholtzÕ candid camera film, Skelms and possibly Wiempie KoekemoerÕs Karate Kallie.
In April NuMetro will be releasing Neal SundstršmÕs Finding Lenny, which stars popular local comedian Barry Hilton. ÒWe are in various discussions regarding other local films but nothing has been finalised yet,Ó says NuMetroÕs Driki van Zyl.
Read more in the February 2009 issue of Screen Africa