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...


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