Local film takes on international festival

2016-07-12 06:05
Woodstock’s Howard Fyvie is the writer, director and producer behind Africa’s first zombie movie.

Woodstock’s Howard Fyvie is the writer, director and producer behind Africa’s first zombie movie.

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From the township all the way to Cannes; a group of local filmmakers are behind the film that’s being hailed as as the first zombie movie made in Africa for Africa.

Last Ones Out, which was officially premiered at the Durban Film Festival last month, has already represented South Africa at the Cannes Film Market last year.

Shot in DuNoon and Tygerberg Hospital amongst other Cape Town locations, the film is the brainchild of producers Howard Fyvie from Woodstock and Greg Kriek from Parow.

The duo managed to pull off the seemingly impossible by creating making a full length top quality feature film on the limited budget of only R50 000, a far cry from the R3.5m used to create the average South African film.

“We realized our biggest challenge wasn’t necessarily lack of money... it was having the right attitude,” says Greg who also stars in the movie.

“Anything is possible – we’re hoping that people will not only be entertained by the movie but will also be inspired,” says writer and director Howard Fyvie.

The movie tells the story of Henry; a cynical American contractor who wakes up in a deserted hospital, in the midst of a devastating zombie apocalypse in southern Africa. After learning that the region is in the grip of an otherworldly outbreak, he is forced to join forces with three locals in order to survive. Faced with the external threat of blood-thirsty zombies, and the internal challenge of mutual mistrust, the four must make it across a treacherous region and reach the last remaining evacuation point in order to make it out alive.

While Greg, who plays Henry, is gaining popularity on local screens with roles in Momentum and ’n Man soos my Pa, the art-house drama also stars Bellville’s Christia Visser, known for her roles in Hollywood in My Huis and Ballade vir ’n Enkeling and veteran performer Tshamano Sebe, also from Woodstock. V Visit www.lastonesoutmovie.com for more information about Last Ones Out, or visit the film’s Facebook page for a behind-the-scenes look at the movie.

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