Vendawood shaking up SA’s film industry

2009-04-26 00:00

FIRST there was Hollywood, then Bollywood and Nollywood, and now, brace yourself for Vendawood!

The film industry in South Africa has problems accessing funds and attracting audiences. According to the National Film and Video Foundation, only eight to 10 films are produced each year, with an average budget of R9 million, yet, at the box office they barely rake in R1 million.

That’s not the case in South Africa’s northernmost province, however, where Venda filmmakers are making movies guerilla-style.

Special Assignment producers Godknows Nare and Johann Abrahams travelled to the hills of Venda to the world’s most unlikely film sets to see how they do it.

In Tuesday night’s show on SABC3 at 8.30 pm they meet filmmaker Khathutshelo Mamphodo, who lives in Lwamondo village. His comedies about ordinary life in a Venda village have become favourites around the country. The budgets are tiny, and the actors are friends and family members, but the results are entertaining.

Khathutshelo’s first film, Tshovhilingana, made in 2006, is a comedy that tells the story of an unemployed man with too many wives. He has since produced three follow-ups using the same characters.

Another filmmaker, Tshidino Ndou, is an IT consultant in Sandton, but every weekend he sets off for his home village Tshakhuma to work on his latest film.

All the Venda films are made for the DVD market and usually break even within the first month of release. The filmmakers say that they hope to reach a wider audience because they are telling universal stories that everyone can relate to.

Is this the way to go for South African filmmakers? Experts are not convinced, but it could be the boost our film industry needs.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.