No digital, no ‘White Wedding’

2009-06-27 00:00

UNLESS Pietermaritzburg film fans are willing to travel to Durban or to fork out their hard-earned cash for a DVD at CNA or Musica, they simply have no chance of seeing the hugely successful South African film, White Wedding, in the city .

Ryan Waters, spokesman for Ster Kinekor, said the company’s Scottsville cinema simply does not have the equipment necessary to screen the film, which was made available to them only in digital format.

He added: “The producers didn’t release the film on 35mm, as it is more cost-effective for them to produce films using digital. Unfortunately, we have no digital projection facilities at Scottsville, so we are ­unable to screen the film.”

But with more and more film companies using digital technology, ­including the producers of Beyonce Knowles’ new film, Obsessed, ­SterKinekor is looking at introducing the necessary equipment. ­Waters couldn’t say , however, if or when that is likely to happen.

White Wedding, which banked more than R1 million on its opening weekend, has been a huge hit with film fans, surpassing the success of other South African films like ­Jerusalema and Academy Award- winner Tsotsi.

To date it has brough in R4,2 million.

Written by Jann Turner, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo, it combines the ups and downs of a ­romantic comedy with all the fun of a road movie, as it tells the story of two friends, Elvis (Nkosi) and Tumi (Seiphemo), who are heading to Cape Town for Elvis’s wedding to ­Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana).

Along the way they meet Rose (British actress Jodie Whittaker), a young English doctor who fled the ­altar after discovering her fiancé was serially unfaithful.

Asked why she thinks the film has done so well, Turner said it is partly the “fantastic” chemistry between the three main actors and partly ­because of its uplifting feel.

“We’ve watched every kind of ­local audience watching our movie, and what every screening has had in common are the smiles on ­people’s faces when they leave the theatre,” said Turner, who also ­directed the film. Nkosi agreed: “South Africans are sending us a message, they want to see themselves and laugh at themselves on the big screen.”


Digital cinema refers to the use of digital technology to distribute and project motion pictures. A movie can be distributed via hard drives, optical disks or satellite, and projected using a digital projector instead of a conventional film projector. — Wikipedia.

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