South Africa mockumentary series, Foto na Dans – Die Vloed, is scheduled to premier on DStv music channel MK during the week 26 to 31 July.
The five part series follows real-life, SAMA award-winning, rock band Foto na Dans into the studio for the recording of the band’s third album. Band members play exaggerated versions of themselves in what is initially presented as an ordinary behind-the-scenes documentary. As the pressure mounts to create a best-selling album of international standards, however, things turn chaotic, with creative differences and writer’s block throwing the future of the band, not to mention the album, into uncertainty.
According to Jacques Koudstaal, co-owner of Testify Films, the production company responsible for the concept and production of the series, a rock band provides the ideal platform for a mockumentary, given the conflict-ridden creative processes and stereotypical “big egos’ inevitably associated with the production of an album.
Director Jaco Smit says that the band’s status as a serious player in the Afrikaans rock industry presented the opportunity to satirise the industry as a whole.