Stricter reg­u­la­tion re­quired in the film in­dus­try

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT - Adam Cruise Cape Town Christo­pher Ross Bantry Bay

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.

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