[LISTEN] What are some of the realities of working in the TV and film industry?

The business of television and film has been put in the spotlight following an open letter by actress Vatiswa Ndara highlighting the poor treatment, poor pay and general exploitation of artists in the industry.

Ndara addressed the letter to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa this week, asking him to intervene.

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Joanne Joseph spoke to activist, actress and presenter Rosie Motene as well as independent media specialist Gary Alfonso on the the industry's workings, more especially where money is concerned.

You're working majority of the time six-day weeks, so you're probably called at 5am and probably finish at about 5pm. If you run overtime majority production houses don't pay you the overtime.

Rosie Motene, Activist and actress

Then we don't get residuals in South Africa, residuals on an international level. So the production house will put this out in South Africa where it is, if it is repeated anywhere in the world or around the country they will then get the spinoffs from that but it won't be filtered down to the actors.

Rosie Motene, Activist and actress

The film and entertainment industry, particularity in the scripted entertainment genre is really not for the fainthearted - the production processes, the control cost analysis, the decision to hire one actor versus another.....

Gary Alfonso, Independent media specialist

It is a very a rigorous, very tough environment to try and produce a competitive product.

Gary Alfonso, Independent media specialist

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