SA’s own vampire movie


Eternity, the new South African vampire love story, will hit local cinema screens on 24 December nationwide. The film stars model Christina Storm, Ian Roberts, David James, Hlomla Dandala and Brumilda van Rensburg and features the hit single, Breathing, from Prime Circle’s new album Jekyll & Hyde.

Producer Anton Ernst believes that vampires have fuelled the imagination of the literary and cinematic world more than any other fictional creature. “We looked at a couple of different variations on the vampire genre and we then decided to write our own home-grown vampire story. Eternity is not an overly dark or violent tale. It’s a mainstream, sexy movie with a gorgeous cast, and great make-up and special effects.’

Director Christopher-Lee dos Santos notes that the film was shot in and around Johannesburg, mostly in abandoned buildings. “That was interesting, not just because of the unusual aesthetic value of these structures, but also because the environment is really quite harsh. Logistically, it’s not easy to shoot on the top floor of an abandoned, 12-storey building which has no power. It’s a different Johannesburg from the one we normally see and it’s very unusual. As a director, I wanted to bring to life Johannesburg at sunset, under the moonlight, in the dead of night, and in the hour just before dawn.’

Set in an atmospherically Gotham-like, inner-city Johannesburg, Eternity tells the tale of Billy (Andre Frauenstein), a sensitive, handsome young vampire who spends his nights prowling the city haunts with his friends. They appear to lead a charmed life, owning the night and partaking in the rich social life that the city offers. But Billy is lonely and yearns for the one true love who will give meaning to his solitary life. When he meets Jenny (Rikki Brest), a beautiful human girl, at a nightclub, he is smitten. His easy charm and gentlemanly manner draw Jenny to him and, despite all attempts by Billy’s ex-girlfriend Lisa (Christina Storm), to scupper the budding relationship, Jenny falls for him. It seems that destiny has favoured both of them. But an all-out war between vampire clan leaders threatens their love and Billy is forced to join the fight.

Eternity is the latest film to be released by Indigenous Film Distribution, which specialises in the distribution of South African movies. “The genre and the fact that it’s packed with excellent special effects makes it a great addition to our slate of films for the year,’ says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “It’s been hugely satisfying to witness the quality and the variety of South African films that have been produced in the past year.’


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