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