SA film-mak­ers forge ties with Hol­ly­wood

Cape Times - - METRO - Staff Writer

NOMMER 37 pro­ducer Bradley Joshua hailed their trip to the US a suc­cess as they met with Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tives to form long-last­ing work­ing re­la­tion­ships.

“In re­la­tion to our com­pany, the mis­sion was a suc­cess in that I man­aged to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of a big in­ter­na­tional stream­ing ser­vice-pro­vid­ing com­pany which showed in­ter­est in one of our pro­duc­tions.

“Although the deal will prob­a­bly take a few more weeks to close, it is look­ing pos­i­tive. It is a good deal, which will put us on the in­ter­na­tional map,” said Joshua.

He was the toast of the town as the US pre­miere of his movie, Nommer 37, co­in­cided with the mis­sion.

The movie is a crime thriller set in the Cape Flats and tells the story of a para­plegic who wit­nesses a crime but de­cides to black­mail the per­pe­tra­tor in­stead of re­port­ing him.

He and other South African film-mak­ers re­turned from the US yes­ter­day af­ter tak­ing part in the Amer­i­can Film Mar­ket and at­tend­ing a series of meet­ings on the side­lines.

They were op­ti­mistic their mis­sion would yield pos­i­tive re­sults and see them work­ing with the Hol­ly­wood com­pa­nies.

The trip was funded by the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try.

The meet­ings with Hol­ly­wood com­pa­nies – in­clud­ing HBO, CBS, Fox, Sony, Dis­ney and Paramount Pic­tures – formed the most im­por­tant part of the Out­ward Film and Tele­vi­sion In­vest­ment Mis­sion led by Deputy Min­is­ter of Trade and In­dus­try Bule­lani Mag­wan­ishe.

“As emerg­ing film-mak­ers, we are de­lighted the gov­ern­ment has pro­vided us with a golden op­por­tu­nity to meet with such high­rank­ing ex­ec­u­tives of com­pa­nies that many film-mak­ers all over the world aspire to work with.

“That we were able to in­ter­act with these Hol­ly­wood com­pa­nies did not only in­spire us, but it gave us hope that we will be able to col­lab­o­rate with them in fu­ture.

“We were able to in­tro­duce our­selves and mar­ket our com­pa­nies, ex­changed busi­ness cards and briefly shared ideas,” said Joburg-based film­maker Wandile Mole­batsi.”

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