Afrikaans-language pay-TV channel kykNET plans to keep spreading its wings beyond
television by funding more films for the big screen, following the success of last year’s
theatrical release, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom. The next feature
project on the cards is Lien se Lankstaanskoene.
Written by Derek van der Walt, Lien se Lankstaanskoene tells the story of a poor girl
from the platteland who goes to Pretoria where she develops into a beautiful, successful
woman. Casting for the production is underway.
Says kykNET GM Karen Meiring: “Our focus for the near future will be on screen
adaptations of school set-works. We will choose books that are most suitable for filming
and which can be produced within a viable budget. The themes of books are an
important selection criteria.’
At this stage kykNET will limit feature film productions to two a year.
Meiring notes that kykNET was also involved in the funding of the feature film spin-off of
its popular series, Getroud met Rugby. Season 4 of the series will be produced in 2012.
Although television is kykNET’s core business Meiring says that the channel is about to
venture into a new field. “We are planning an Afrikaans film festival in conjunction with
Nu Metro Films, to be held at 10 Nu Metro theatres countrywide. This has never been
done before. Several films from Afrikaans masters will be screened and we are hoping to
get some of the stars of the films to attend the screenings as well.’
The festival is to be held from 4 to 11 August.
In the meantime, film critic Leon van Nierop is working on a kykNET series on the history
of the Afrikaans film industry, Daar doer in die Fliek. It is scheduled to go on air in July
this year. – Jakkie Groenewald