20 Fast Facts About Us

Framegrab from "Zero for Zep"

Framegrab from “Zero for Zep”

+ We work out of the Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town

+ We have the only restoration facility in the Southern Hemisphere

+ We are a label of Gravel Road Entertainment Group in South Africa. See our Google+ pages here and here

+ It takes about 4-6 weeks to restore a film

+ All our films are from the 70’s/80’s in South Africa

+ Lots of films were made during this time because the government created a film subsidy that promoted the production of film. There were two subsidies: one that was geared toward white films being produced for white audiences and there was one for black audiences. The idea behind that was to create entertainment for the majority of the population to keep their minds off of any form of political unrest

+ We acquire distribution rights by tracking down these films and tracking down the owners. We then approach the owners and buy over the rights of the film

+ We identify restoration projects once we scan the films. We make the call then on whether or not there’s a commercial life on the film

+ We are trying to track down the actors from the movies to show you where they are now

+ Our most popular films so far have been “Joe Bullet” and “Trompie

+ “Joe Bullet” has been coined South Africa’s first Blaxploitation film. It’s based off of the American Blaxploitation film “Shaft,” which was made in 1973. It was banned in South Africa when it came out in 1973. It has its own IMDB page

+ We’ve appeared on CNBC, SABC, DSTV for interviews. See all our videos here

+ We’re on Twitter here and Facebook here

+ We have our very first DVD coming out in stores across South Africa. It’s our restored version of “Trompie”. “Trompie” is so popular it has its own Facebook page here

+ We have just come back from France for the “Lumiere 2014” Film Festival where we showed our restored version of “Joe Bullet”. “Joe Bullet” is so popular it has its own Facebook page here

+ We appeared recently in Variety magazine

+ We’ve just joined Pinterest! Check out our awesome board here

+ We love YouTube. We have a channel here

+ The producer of a number of the films, Tonie van der Merwe, came with us to the Durban International Film Festival this year where he won an award

+ The first time these films were ever seen on TV was during the Mayibuye Film Festival on SABC1 earlier this year

Framegrab from "Fishy Stones" which showed in Johannesburg recently

Framegrab from “Fishy Stones” which showed in Johannesburg recently

We’re on Kyknet!

Tomorrow night at 9:30pm (23 October 2014), we’ll be featured on kyknet on DSTV. Here is their awesome website.

Join us on Twitter here.

RetroAfrika launches Mayibuye Film Festival SABC

RetroAfrika launches Mayibuye Film Festival SABC. CEO of Gravel Road Entertainment will be interviewed on KYKNET

The Retro Afrika Team on “Film SA” DSTV 404!

Zero for Zep screen grab Retro Afrika

Screen grab from “Zero for Zep”

Retro Afrika Bioscope will be featured in a new series for Film SA on SABC News DSTV Channel 404. Starting tonight at 5:30pm and repeating tomorrow at 12:30pm, the series will run for the next 6 weeks every Friday at 5:30pm. Each episode will highlight one of the team members behind the magic of the Retro Afrika label. Tune in! Tonight’s feature will be on Reginald Pillay.

Watch our coverage on CNBC Africa which also goes behind the scenes at Gravel Road Entertainment’s offices. See the magic of restoring these vintage classics for yourself!

Reginald Pillay Lab Technician

Reginald Pillay Lab Technician

Recently In The News

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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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On The Expresso Show on SABC!

CEO of Gravel Road Entertainment, Benjamin Cowley, and Producer/Director Tonie van der Merwe sat down with Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe to talk about the Mayibuye Film Festival currently running on SABC1. For more information on the festival and the films, read this article and join the conversation with us on Facebook here.

Benjamin Cowley and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Benjamin Cowley and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Benjamin Cowley, Katlego Maboe and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Benjamin Cowley, Katlego Maboe and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Film Schedule for Mayibuye Film Festival

Ambushed South African Films

A screengrab from the first film of the fest – “Ambushed”

The following is the film schedule for the Mayibue Film Festival on SABC:
13 April 2014
a.     Ambushed
b.    Ezintandaneni
20 April 2014
a.     Joe Bullet
b.    Bona Manzi
27 April 2014
a.     Treasure Hunters
b.    Isiboshwa
Bonamanzi South African Films

Screen grab from “Bonamanzi”