Stricter regulation required in the film industry
IN HIS effusive article (“Where the sun shines on film production”, Weekend Argus, March 16) producer Malcolm Scerri- Ferrante says “crew salaries range from 25 percent to more than 200 percent cheaper than in Europe, so it’s easy to understand why Cape Town is stealing the limelight with international shoots”. The Cape Film Commission is no less effusive on its website about our city as a destination as well as the qualities of the cast and crew available.
I have worked for most of the past year as an “action extra” and a “featured extra” on feature productions mostly commissioned by the UK’s national broadcaster. The “agency” I worked for sometimes used my skills as a driver with a code 10 licence (C1) to perform a function that should be allocated to stunts or special-effects people (who get paid more). I have featured in scenes with just one or two principal actors and had my image pasted up on YouTube promoting a successful series broadcast internationally as well as on M-Net last year. For this I was paid a daily rate just exceeding £20, excluding travel costs.
This is happening with the tacit approval from assistant directors (ADs) who are responsible for seeing that extras get a fair deal.
When questioning why I was getting half the pay of my colleagues as an “extra” performing a driving role, I was tersely informed by my “agent”, who had “referred” my query to the AD, that I could easily be replaced and I was free to leave the set if I wished.
I have discovered the Official South African Casting Association, which is represented on the Cape Film Commission’s advisory board, and I appreciate its guidance on the norms in the industry, but in my experience these codes of conduct are not generally apartheid agenda and Cape Town has much to thank him for, for the development of the Heerengracht, and transforming Cape Town into a modern city.
What a waste of taxpayers’ money renaming streets and buildings. Quite unnecessary. What’s wrong with Modderdam and Lansdowne roads, for heaven’s sake?
It is indeed sad when the city can waste money naming streets instead of providing service to the poor. Priority is not in their grasp.
Why are there so few coloured or Khoisan descendants who were in the struggle too. Lagoma, Van Der Heerden, to name a few. They were from the Cape. Who’s being racist? MD Ronaldo’s respect for his old team, and that’s no pretence there. You are probably one of those pitiful Liverpool supporters who only focus on Manchester United to appease their misery.
The value that Damian de Allende brings is cancelled by his absurd inability to provide direction and flow to the attack. Against the Chiefs his passing error cost the Stormers a bonus point. Marcel Brache should give the Stormers another playmaking option with Jean de Villiers on the wing. observed, and there is little or no recourse available.
It’s nice to think of our visiting producers enjoying crayfish thermidor, but this industry needs to be regulated in the interests of citizens who work in this field. There are agents who adhere to the codes and they are to be congratulated on their ethics. Mavericks give the industry a bad name. I hope that our MEC of finance, economic development and tourism will address the deficiencies. cinema operates. How sad that we have compromised the Sabbath day for pleasure.
About four years ago 69 security guards were murdered for refusing to strike which was their democratic right. How many of those responsible for their deaths have been brought to justice.
Mr Peacock, sorry for your loss. If there are no security cameras on Campground Road, then they should be installed at Kelvin Grove entrance.
A son says to his father: “Dad, I think I’ll go into organised crime”. Father responds: “Oh, government or private?”
Why can some people get water free and others must pay for every drop they use. So unfair.