February

Over the past three months, the last quarter of the GFC’s financial year, the commission has supported a range of feature and short films, TV series, documentaries and other programmes. We bring you a summary.

The Wild is a groundbreaking series in South Africa, shot entirely in high definition and targeting a broad and inclusive South African audience. It is also the first local soap opera to be shot entirely on location – not in studio. Andy Stead paid the set a visit.

Jameson Irish Whiskey has announced the three winners of Trigger Street Presents Jameson First Shot, a new international short film competition designed to uncover up-and-coming film talent from South Africa, Russia and the USA.

Now in its second season, the GFC’s Media Career Guide television show, which takes viewers behind the scenes of film, television, music and radio industries of South Africa, is looking for a new female presenter.

With South African movies opening almost every week, here’s a moment to remember. Two local films, with very different markets, doing equally well at the box office. How did this happen? Anton Burggraaf finds out.

Probably one of the most highly anticipated DSLRs of the past few months, the Nikon D800 was launched globally on 7 February. With its astonishing 36.3-megapixel full-frame FX sensor, Nikon is aiming the D800 at the higher end of the market: professionals and top-end enthusiasts.

Johannesburg finally has a major film festival of its own, with the first annual Jozi Film Festival, which ended on Sunday 12 February, attracting industry professionals, a growing arts community and a large contingent of students.

After three successful screenings at the 20th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, the South African film Inside Story was awarded Special Jury Recognition in the Feature Narrative category this week.

With the tagline “Get Busy Living”, Forever Young is a new entertainment reality show, currently in production for Vuzu TV, that follows the lives of three well-known young TV stars and celebrities: Lungile ‘Lungsta’ Radu, Thomas Gumede and Siyabonga Ngwekazi.

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After becoming intimately acquainted with the dreadful and ever-growing scourge of domestic abuse in South Africa, actor and producer Nonkululeko Ndlovu decided to put her convictions and passion out there on the big screen where it can do good and change lives.

Given the success of the Media Career Guide show on SABC 1, Gauteng Film Commission has embarked on a mission to create platforms on the ground where the youth around Pretoria can be given more info about opportunities in the media industry.