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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

I am at­tracted to sto­ries of sur­vival and hope. When did you know you wanted to work in this kind of in­dus­try? I worked in the mu­sic-video in­dus­try in Lon­don in my early twen­ties. It was in the hey­day of mu­sic-video pro­duc­tion, so we had a lot of fun. I was hooked from then on. If you weren’t in the film in­dus­try, what would you be do­ing? A ca­reer in the film in­dus­try was lib­er­at­ing at the time. Now I would choose sav­ing the planet or some­thing more ar­tis­ti­cally un­clut­tered. Did art ever be­come re­al­ity? On our first shoot day in Elsies River. Hun­dreds of kids were lined up be­hind bar­rier tape watch­ing us film one of the scenes in the movie. Sud­denly we heard the first sounds of a gun bat­tle in the neigh­bour­ing blocks. Kids im­me­di­ately broke away and swarmed silently in all di­rec­tions across the set, their lit­tle legs car­ry­ing them as fast as pos­si­ble up stairs and fire escapes into their homes.The chil­dren there are used to the turf wars; they know they have to run home, no mat­ter what – no fuss, no shout­ing – and just get home as soon as the sun sets and the shoot­ing starts. That was sur­real and sober­ing to see.

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