Beauty of re­gion con­vinces Frans Cronje to film new movie in Gar­den Route towns

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JOHN HAR­VEY

CEL­E­BRATED film- maker Frans Cronje, whose movies Faith Like Pota­toes and Han­sie have mes­merised au­di­ences around the world, has cho­sen the Gar­den Route as the set­ting for his next project.

Brother to the late Proteas cap­tain Han­sie Cronje, and a re­spected pro­vin­cial crick­eter and rugby player in his own right, Cronje sprang to star­dom as one of South Africa’s premier film- mak­ers when Faith Like Pota­toes’ Chris­tian­based themes of atone­ment and sal­va­tion cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of al­most 100 mil­lion peo­ple.

As pro­ducer of Han­sie, he sought to tell the true story of his late brother and how, de­spite his fall from grace, the crick­eter had over­come his demons prior to his death in a plane crash.

Hav­ing com­pleted an­other film in the in­terim, Baroudeur, a mov­ing tale of a fam­ily left des­ti­tute by a crum­bling econ­omy, Cronje has cho­sen the Gar­den Route towns of Ge­orge and Sedgefield as the set­tings for his next project, Born to Win, which he has writ­ten and will di­rect.

Born to Win

tells the true story of Leon Terblanché, a teacher at a school for the phys­i­cally dis­abled who is con­fronted with the ques­tion, “Where is God?”

This sets him on a jour­ney dur­ing which he dis­cov­ers that God has al­ways been there, and that nei­ther he nor the chil­dren were ever alone.

“The out­come of the movie will leave the au­di­ence with an up­lift­ing, in­spi­ra­tional feel­ing,” Cronje said.

“Although the theme is se­ri­ous, there will be an em­pha­sis on good hu­mour through­out the movie.”

Cronje said he had se­lected the Gar­den Route as a lo­ca­tion for a num­ber of rea­sons, most no­tably the beauty of the re­gion and the “fan­tas­tic sup­port” the crew had re­ceived from the Ge­orge and Sedgefield com­mu­ni­ties.

“Even the ex­ec­u­tive mayor of Ge­orge, Charles Standers, and his of­fice are of­fer­ing sup­port.”

There will be var­i­ous ways in which the com­mu­nity from Ge­orge can get in­volved too.

“We’ve al­ready held au­di­tions in Ge­orge, and have cho­sen some tal­ented young peo­ple as ac­tors. We still have a few po­si­tions avail­able as crew mem­bers and in­terns. Then we need a few hun­dred ex­tras of all ages through­out the pro­duc­tion.”

Cronje said that, on a per­sonal note, he loved vis­it­ing Ge­orge and the Gar­den Route, “es­pe­cially be­cause it is where my brother Han­sie used to live”.

Cronje said although the film was a true story set in South Africa, it would be filmed in English and made with a world­wide au­di­ence in mind.

“We will fo­cus a large part of our devel­op­ment of the screen­play and mar­ket­ing plan with the con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian mar­ket in Amer­ica in mind.”

Film­ing is sched­uled to take place from November 24 to De­cem­ber 21.

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