A Short (Cool) History of South African Cinema

African Cinema

+ During the 1910s and 1920s, many South African films were made in or around Durban. These films often made use of the dramatic scenery available in rural KwaZulu-Natal, particularly the Drakensberg region.

+ KwaZulu-Natal was also served as the appropriate location for historical films such as De Voortrekkers (1916) and The Symbol of Sacrifice (1918)

African Cinema

Sarie Marais, the first Afrikaans-language sound film, was released in 1931. Subsequent sound releases such as Die Wildsboudjie(1948), a 1949 Sarie Marais remake, and Daar doer in die bosveld (1950) continued to cater primarily to white, Afrikaans-speaking audiences.

+ The 1950s saw an increased use of South African locations and talent by international filmmakers. British co-productions like Coast of Skeletons (1956) and American co-productions like The Cape Town Affair (1957) reflected the a growing trend of shooting in real locations, rather than using backlots.

African Cinema

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Presenting lost Vintage African Movies to new generation of cinema lovers.

Local Filmmaker Honoured

TygerBurger

By Louisa Steyl

2014-09-22 00:00

http://www.tygerburger.co.za/188416/news-details/local-filmmaker-honoured-

South African company to exhibit at the Lumiere Grand Lyon Film Festival

http://www.filmcontact.com/africa/south-africa/south-african-company-exhibit-lumiere-grand-lyon-film-festival

 

Cape Town initiative to restore old films

SABC Online

2014-08-24 09:00

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/66ac09804536dc9595c495a5ad025b24/Cape-Town-initiative-to-restore-old-films-20140824

Honoring a Filmmaker in the Shadow of Apartheid

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/africa/honoring-a-filmmaker-in-the-shadow-of-apartheid.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Afrikaanse Prente Herleef

Kouga Express
By Verslagger
2014-07-30 00:00

http://www.kougaexpress.co.za/170548/news-details/afrikaanse-prente-herleef

Tonie Van Der Merwe

Tonie Van Der Merwe

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Silwerskerm Film Festival Screens “Trompie”

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The Silwerskerm Film Festival is an annual gathering for mostly Afrikaans filmmakers. It’s a 4-day marathon which showcases the best new South African films at the kykNET Silwerskermfees. The festival is predominantly Afrikaans, but English stand-outs like the Durban International Film Festival award-winning “Durban Poison” was also screened.

In addition to the feature films, the end results of a competition that develops script ideas from first-time filmmakers of all ages were screened. This isn’t just a film festival that showcases the best of the best. It nurtures new talent and gives it a valuable platform.

One of our more recently restored films, “Trompie”, was also screened at the venue. Directed by legendary Tonie van der Merwe in the 70’s, about 15-30 people in the room watched as a digitally remastered version of a South African classic was screened. “Trompie” is a compact, highly enjoyable and kinetic comedy feature.

“Trompie” also has some well-crafted English subtitles for non-Afrikaans audience.

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