Community film premieres

2015-11-10 06:00
Manenberg resident Andre Manus makes his screenwriting debut with the film Quest, which will be screened on TV this weekend.

Manenberg resident Andre Manus makes his screenwriting debut with the film Quest, which will be screened on TV this weekend.

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From a handwritten script on a few tattered pages all the way to a finished film on screen, Quest is living proof that dreams can come true.

The film, written by Manenberg’s Andre Manus with the help of Theo.E.Davids and the Bridgetown Theatre Company, will make its debut on local television this weekend.

Quest was born out of Andre’s everyday experiences in his community. While he was filled with enthusiasm and passion to tell his story of living in the gang-infested and poor Manenberg, he didn’t know the basics of screenwriting.

He approached the Bridgetown Theatre Company, which provides training in creative arts and filmmaking. BTC introduced Andre to director and writer Theo from Gemini Twins Films and the two began to knock out the story of Quest.

As an ex-high school teacher who grew up in Bridgetown himself, Theo identified with Andre’s story. In fact, it was only after the fall of apartheid that Theo got the opportunity to follow his own filmmaking dreams and working with Andre was a way for him to “pay it forward”.

Having found his director, Andre still faced more challenges. Being unemployed, Andre had no access to a computer or telephone. He often had to walk the 10km to Bridgetown to work with Theo, while at the same time contending with gang violence in Manenberg.

Then there’s the fact that he was ridiculed by his neighbours for being a dreamer.

Mounting negative influences caused Andre to doubt himself, but instead of giving up, he drew inspiration from the violence, unemployment and poverty surrounding him.

A year later the two finished their screenplay for Quest.

Their next step was to find funding. Andre and Theo decided to produce Quest independently and Theo appealed to the local film industry for help.

They soon had a professional cameraman, a sound engineer and a production manager on board. BTC supplied the actors and crew while the community stepped up to provide locations, transport and food.

In the end, Quest, which was filmed in Bridgetown, Silvertown, Rylands and Athone, became a community project.

The film tells the story of a young drug-addicted mother forced to sell her intelligent 14-year-old daughter to a drug lord to settle her debt. The girl eventually escapes her life of prostitution to find her mother, a changed woman, begging the question: “Will she forgive her?”

Quest will be screened on DStv channel 263 and CTV (Cape Town Television) on Friday at 22:00, with a repeat on Sunday at midnight.V Visit the Bridgetown Theatre Company page on Facebook or call 082 536 3651 for more information.

From a handwritten script on a few tattered pages all the way to a finished film on screen, Quest is living proof that dreams can come true.

The film, written by Andre Manus with the help of Theo.E.Davids and the Bridgetown Theatre Company, will make its debut on television this weekend.

Quest was born out of Andre’s everyday experiences in his community. While he was filled with enthusiasm and passion to tell his story of living in the gang-infested and poor Manenberg, he didn’t know the basics of screenwriting.

He approached the Bridgetown Theatre Company, which provides training in creative arts and filmmaking. BTC introduced Andre to director and writer Theo from Gemini Twins Films and the two began to knock out the story of Quest.

As an ex-high school teacher who grew up in Bridgetown, Theo identified with Andre’s story. Working with Andre was a way for him to “pay it forward”.

Having found his director, Andre still faced more challenges. Being unemployed, Andre had no access to a computer or telephone. He often had to walk the 10km to Bridgetown, while contending with gang violence in Manenberg.

Then there’s the fact that he was ridiculed by his neighbours for being a dreamer.

Mounting negative influences caused Andre to doubt himself, but instead of giving up, he drew inspiration from the violence, unemployment and poverty surrounding him.

A year later the two finished their screenplay for Quest.

Their next step was to find funding. Andre and Theo decided to produce Quest independently and Theo appealed to the local film industry for help.

They soon had a professional cameraman, a sound engineer and a production manager on board. BTC supplied the actors and crew while the community provided locations, transport and food.

Quest, which was filmed in Bridgetown, Silvertown, Rylands and Athone, became a community project.

The film tells the story of a young drug-addicted mother forced to sell her intelligent 14-year-old daughter to a drug lord to settle her debt. The girl eventually escapes her life of prostitution to find her mother, a changed woman, begging the question: “Will she forgive her?”

Quest will be screened on DStv channel 263 and CTV (Cape Town Television) on Friday at 22:00, with a repeat on Sunday at midnight.V Visit the Bridgetown Theatre Company page on Facebook or call 082 536 3651 for more information.

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