South African film industry - successes and stumbling blocks

Is the South African Film industry growing or dying a slow death?

In the past months, there has been a debate on social media on what it would for Soth Africans to support locally produced movies.

Eusebius McKaiser hosted a discussion about the state of the South African film industry with comedian and film director Kagiso Lediga, filmmaker and producer Layla Swart and Amy Jephta Playwright, screenwriter and Theatre director.

Recently released movie Matwetwe grossed over R2 million in just eight days of its release.

Comedian and film director Kagiso Lediga says he is surprised the movie Matwetwe is doing so well because he has met with many disappointments at the box office.

It's great that people relate to this movie so well. It's a really cool and interesting story.

Kagiso Lediga, comedian and film director

For Matwetwe we spent roughly around R1.9 million. It took us three weeks to make the movie.

Kagiso Lediga, comedian and film director

As a person working in this industry, I think over the past few years I can not say it has gotten worse. I think it has been encouraging and got slightly better.

Amy Jephta, Playwright, screenwriter and Theatre director

Our audiences are learning as we are as filmmakers are learning so I tend to be very optimistic.

Amy Jephta, Playwright, screenwriter and Theatre director

Layla Swart says one of the challenges they face as the film industry is marketing and distributors.

The distributors access the risk and often they are not willing to go beyond that risk. They need to make that money back first.

Layla Swart, Filmmaker and producer

Listen to the full discussion below...


This article first appeared on 702 : South African film industry - successes and stumbling blocks


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Section27 fights for 'claim for grief' in Michael Komape pit toilet death case

Section27 fights for 'claim for grief' in Michael Komape pit toilet death case

Section 27 communication officer Zukiswa Pikoli explains why the Michael Komape case is going to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Pregnant? Here's how to make sure you're taking care of your mental health

Pregnant? Here's how to make sure you're taking care of your mental health

Specialist psychiatrist in private practice Dr. Lavania Lumu unpacks issues of mental health disorders during pregnancy.

Rights institute to take Marikana general damages dispute with state to court

Rights institute to take Marikana general damages dispute with state to court

Seri believes that the families are entitled to more than what the state is willing to give.

Get to know more about Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis

Get to know more about Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis

The mentor says it is a shame that women's football in the country is not professional.

Film critic explains why everybody wants to see the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Film critic explains why everybody wants to see the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

In the movie review, film critic Gayle Edmunds gives us the scoop about the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' movie.

Lights, camera, action! Cape film industry picking up after recent drought

Lights, camera, action! Cape film industry picking up after recent drought

Head of film and media production at Wesgro Monica Rorvik says the City of Cape Town is busier than last year.

Popular articles
Comedy of errors suggests Standard Bank bond applicants have much to worry about

Comedy of errors suggests Standard Bank bond applicants have much to worry about

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Plass senior researcher Dr Farai Mtero explains what the law says about evictions.

Land Claims Court ruling: 'Jubilation when judgment was handed down'

Land Claims Court ruling: 'Jubilation when judgment was handed down'

Association of Rural Advancement director Laurel Oettle praises ruling by ConCourt to uphold move to appoint a special master.

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

The inspiring South African choirU2's Beautiful Day at America's Got Talent quarter-finals.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

The reason for the leakage has been revealed, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway MD Wahida Parker.

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says private security working with the department is helping curb the stonings on the highway.