New SA films all about the love
There’s been a bit of a sea change in the kind of stories we are telling on the big screen. It seems our film makers are falling in (and out of ) love.
It wasn’t that long ago that South African cinema was characterised by stories of Aids, poverty and political strife. It was downright depressing, though necessary. After that, it was Nelson Mandela – a whole genre in and of itself. Then came the relentless gangster flicks, with a particular fetish for the Cape Flats, stories too often told by outsiders with a kind of glib voyeurism.
But now a new wave of film makers seem to be saying the South African story is more textured, that love and relationships belong in the spotlight as much as politics – and that love political – but more importantly that the African story needs to be more holistic and nuanced. It’s time to let a little joy in.
Well, that and the fact that we are fixated on genre films as a way of trying to make some box office returns.
Of course, the Afrikaans market has been cranking out romcoms and musical romances for some time – and good money was being made at first. But the next phase of the Afrikaans story seems to be way darker, with child abuse, farm murders and suspense on the cards. We know of only one Afrikaans romcom – Trouvoete (Wedding Feet) – expecting a release in the next six months.
Of the offering of love stories and romances coming to our screens in the next while, #Trending has picked our most anticipated four.