Local filmmaker’s movie in final preproduction stage

2016-11-17 06:00

FILMMAKER Senzo Zindela is excited that one of his films is in the final stages of preproduction.

The film is about rhino poaching and aims to create awareness about the crisis and spread the message that rhinos have to be saved before they become extinct.

Zindela will also be contributing to anti-poaching campaigns.

“I have been through it all, survived against all odds. I have had lots of challenges, all doors were closed and I was forced to think out of the box and use my entrepreneurial skills to come up with a breakthrough strategy,” said Zindela.

He said he has always been passionate about producing entertaining films.

“In 2008 I wrote a science fiction story titled The Dissolver. It intimidated most South African producers because of its budget. I kept knocking on relevant doors, but all in vain until I met Tendeka Matatu in July 2008, the producer of Jerusalem.

“Tendeka didn’t give me money, but said words that have stuck with me since - ‘South Africa needs creative writers like you, it is the only way our country will be respected in the film industry’.”

Zindela said since then he decided to produce his own films because every producer he met was intimidated by them due to their budget.

Zindela is now producing a film - Red Cargo - with a Thailand company, which stars a Zulu warrior.

“The Thai team I am working with on this project are the experts behind The Protector, OnkBak, the Sequel starring Tony Jaa.

“I am preparing for the actual production [of the rhino movie], which is expected to begin in May 2017,” said Zindela.

He flew to Nigeria to attend the Africa­ International Film Festival that finishes on 21 November, with the aim of promoting the film and getting African contributors and distributors.

“My Thai partners are also organising a media briefing in Bangkok in December, which I will be attending.

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