TV role try­outs

Four­teen wannabe ac­tors go scene-for-scene to make The Fi­nal Cut.

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Crack­ing the act­ing in­dus­try is no easy job. But there may be a bit of a short­cut – 13- episode real­ity show The Fi­nal Cut (2017- cur­rent). “It started as a usual tal­ent search pitch,” says Lur­des Maswan­ganye, Fi­nal Cut’s cre­ative pro­ducer. “Later it was moulded into a tal­ent ac­tor search for a soap or drama role.”

There was no short­age of con­tes­tants lin­ing up for the au­di­tion phase that was filmed in May. Over 3 000 as­pir­ing ac­tors put on a show for the judges – Karin van der Laag (Mag­gie on Isidingo, 1998- cur­rent un­til 2012), Mma­batho Montsho (Lumka Dhlomo on Gen­er­a­tions, 1994- cur­rent from 2005 to 2007) and lo­cal film di­rec­tor Tha­bang Mo­leya (2016 drama Hap­pi­ness Is A Four-let­ter Word). “Those judges had their work cut out to find just 14 con­tes­tants for the main show,” laughs Lur­des while ex­plain­ing more about Fi­nal Cut…

What are the judges look­ing for? Ver­sa­til­ity is im­por­tant. The judges also have to make sure that these ac­tors are able to adapt to any sit­u­a­tion thrown their way. They don’t need to be pro­fes­sion­als, but they must show raw tal­ent that can be moulded by. What did au­di­tion phase con­sist of? They had to pre­pare a mono­logue of their own choice, learn a script in 15 min­utes and do an im­prov piece. How did the three judges agree on just

14 “suc­cess­ful” con­tes­tants? I don’t know [Laughs]. There are so many tal­ents out there, it’s un­be­liev­able! Even af­ter the 14 con­tes­tants were cho­sen, the judges went back to some of the ones who didn’t get through to talk to them and give them ad­vice for their fu­tures.

Where is the se­ries be­ing shot? In a house in Jo­han­nes­burg. We chose to film there to show view­ers how the 14 ac­tors in­ter­act and how they per­form un­der pres­sure. They’ll be hav­ing work­shops, get­ting act­ing classes and do­ing chal­lenges there. And for the prize, do you know which

shows the two win­ners will be on? No [Laughs]. It de­pends on what kind of char­ac­ter they’ll best fit – it may be a soap or a drama on SABC3.

The judges (from left): Mma­batho, Karin and Tha­bang.

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