November 14, 2011
Film-making in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
[Cue cinema voice over] “In a World Design Capital that never sleeps, where a Wonder of Nature watches majestically over its residents, there is a bustling trade that captures the very essence of Capetonian life ...film-making.”
The Mother City’s renowned vistas have been the setting for many a Hollywood feature over the years, including the Oscar-nominated Invictus and the soon-to- be released Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington blockbuster, Safe House. Local films like Visa/Vie have also paid homage to the fairest Cape.
Besides providing the cinematic world with unbelievable backgrounds, we are also well-known for producing award-winning film-makers: These include:
Born and bred in the Mother City, Dylan Valley expresses his visual creativity through making films about Capetonian music, street culture, heritage and social issues.
A University of Cape Town Film and Media alma mater, Dylan founded his production company, Be Phat Motel in 2007. He has since directed episodes of the Headwrap series and developed a feature-length documentary, Afrikaaps, a film exploring the history of Afrikaans through dance and humour.
His life story reads like a Hollywood tale of the classic rise of the underdog, but Cape Town-born director Oliver Herman is anything but.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in film, media and visual arts from the University of California, and working as a press photographer for a leading South African news agency, Oliver was awarded a private scholarship in 2006 to study at the London Film School.
From his critically acclaimed and award-winning graduation film, Shirley Adams, to his recent thought-provoking feature, Skoonheid, Oliver is a rising Capetonian filmography star.
Local director Tim Henny is setting the international silver screen alight
His short film, Mini Cape, was selected from more than 1 000 entries at the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, and has also been submitted to several short film festivals in Europe.
Director of the Braai for Heritage series (a television show that followed National Braai Day founder Jan Braai’s adventures around the country), Tim is a champion of good local film-making.
For local cinematic excellence, be sure to catch the Freedom to Create movie festival at the Labia on Orange in Gardens this week. Tickets and listings are available at www.labia.co.za
Movie-making enthusiasts seeking to learn the tricks of the trade may call the University of Cape Town on +27 (0)21 480 7147, AFDA on+27 (0)21 448 7600 or City Varsity on+27 (0)21 466 6800 for more information.