A locally produced film Gog Helen hits the Vaal triangle this August, with 6 screenings being planned in all major townships; Sharpeville, Sebokeng, Bophelong Boipatong and Vereeniging.

Red carpet Film screening is an initiative that aims at bringing alternative exhibition and distribution for local films that seeks to go beyond known cinema route.

The initiative started with Akin Omotoso’s “Man on ground” in April this year.

The movie did not perform as we had anticipated but, they were quite a number of lessons learnt.

Thabang Molibeli, the founder of the initiative believes that this initiative needs to be supported as he is running it from his own pocket. It is tough as film makers don’t see the work behind getting the film on these halls.

The local radio station VUT FM 90.6 has also come on board to support the initiative

It is also supported by the Sedibeng district municipality and the Emfuleni local providing community halls for free for 1 year. We need more support as this is an on-going project.

We believe that Gog Helen will revive the local audience in going back to bioskops and appreciate local talent.

Gog Helen will be screened in Sharpeville hall on the 29 of August.

Lessons learnt

Some of the lessons learnt are that poster designs need to be designed for the target audience,

And the size needs to bigger than the A3 size. We understand that this is due to lack of funding and filmmakers depend on other people to deliver posters.

If you are interested in having your film screened in the Vaal please contact Thabang Molibeli on 073 801 8411 or 071 0899 148.