Chats film-maker’s ca­reer is rolling…

Post - - Entertainment - CHANELLE LUTCHMAN

SIX days of film­ing in seven lo­ca­tions in KwaZulu-Na­tal, in­clud­ing the bustling sub­urb of Chatsworth, has paid off for Robin Gen­gan, writer and producer of the short film Gra­cie. The 52-year-old Chatsworth res­i­dent’s film will be screened at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Film Mar­ket and Fes­ti­val, which will be held from Oc­to­ber 13 to 17 at the V & A Water­front.

Speak­ing to POST, Gen­gan said two hard-work­ing years in script con­cept and de­vel­op­ment had fi­nally paid off.

“The Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Film Mar­ket and Fes­ti­val is one of South Africa’s ma­jor film fes­ti­vals. Know­ing Gra­cie has been of­fi­cially se­lected for this fes­ti­val is truly hum­bling,” he said.

The film is nar­rated by an older Gra­cie, voiced by Si­bongi­deni Shezi, who re­flects on her child­hood in Dur­ban.

Young ac­tress Naledi Makha­tini plays Gra­cie.

“It is about two sis­ters and a child, but with a twist. The core mes­sage is that there can only be one love in the world, but it takes ef­fort and ac­tion not just prom­ises and speeches.”

The fa­ther of two said he drew in­spi­ra­tion from Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mock­ing­bird.

“We used an un­con­ven­tional film-mak­ing nar­ra­tive struc­ture. In­stead of the con­ven­tional three-act lin­ear struc­ture of Hol­ly­wood, we in­tro­duced an episodic struc­ture with flash­backs be­tween three dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods. In this way, we can see the in­no­cent world of lit­tle Gra­cie as we hear her thoughts of the adult Gra­cie in the same vis­ual shot.”

Film­ing took place at Mont­ford Pri­mary, in Chatsworth, uShaka Beach, the Dur­ban CBD, and at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Gen­gan said this was the per­fect time for lo­cal film-mak­ers to be a part of the in­dus­try.

“I have been told Chi­nese film stake­hold­ers will be launch­ing a spe­cial part­ner­ship be­tween Africa and China… at the fes­ti­val, so South African di­rec­tors should keep their ears to the ground.”

Gen­gan is work­ing on a Bol­ly­wood-style fea­ture film, On­line, with the KZN Film Com­mis­sion.

“We also have a TV film, River Zana, con­tracted for de­vel­op­ment by the SABC and the project Vuwani is await­ing re­sponse from the NFVF (The Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion) for script de­vel­op­ment fund­ing.”

Gen­gan has only been in the film in­dus­try for three years.

“I worked as the re­gional sup­port ser­vices di­rec­tor at World Vi­sion In­ter­na­tional, South­ern African re­gion, before fo­cus­ing on my pas­sion for film-mak­ing. I am think­ing of mov­ing to di­rect­ing as I love the cre­ative di­men­sion of film-mak­ing.”

Gra­cie will be screened on Oc­to­ber 15 and 17 at 10am.

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