Film fame for dreamer from NC

2018-03-14 06:01
A snippet from the film Meerkat Maantuig, which will show in cinemas nationwide from Friday (16/03). Photos: Supplied

A snippet from the film Meerkat Maantuig, which will show in cinemas nationwide from Friday (16/03). Photos: Supplied

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Hailing from the dusty streets of Postmasburg, Hanneke Schutte has become the scriptwriter and producer of a film.

This film has already been accepted to be screened at 14 international film festivals.

Schutte adapted a book by Riana Scheepers to create a film called Meerkat Maantuig, which will open in cinemas nationwide on Friday (16/03).

Being the director of the film herself, Schutte has made her mark. She encourages everyone to dream big and overcome their fears.

Schutte is applauded for her magnificent achievement of positioning a local film at international level even before its home-country release.

According to Schutte she was inspired by the bookBlinde Sambok, in which the characters learn how to overcome their fears.

“I was so excited by the book and called the author immediately after I had finished it to ask for permission to rewrite it into a film script and film it,” says Schutte.

“It took me back to my childhood in Postmasburg, where I was a little girl who used to ride my bicycle with my buddies.”

Now based in Johannesburg to pursue her career, Schutte talks about how she enjoyed her childhood in what she describes as “safe, free and wonderful Postmasburg” while her father worked at the Beeshoek Mine.

Schutte describes herself as a storyteller and a dreamer.

“I even talked to trees, telling my stories to them.”

One of her best childhood memories is her primary school drama performance at the Postmasburg Primary School in 1988, in which she played a Cinderella character.

“I studied Psychology and Zulu at the University of Pretoria, but now work in advertising.”

Her wish is for everyone to see the film and learn the importance of overcoming one’s fears.

“I saw the need to empower others and the audience to overcome fears, as it tends to hold one back.

“Dream as big as possible.

“The fact that you come from a town as small as my hometown, should not determine your destination.”

Meerkat Maantuig was filmed in Magoebaskloof in Limpopo with a small cast. It stars Anchen du Plessis (who was also seen in Vaselientjie) as Gideonette, Themba Ntulu as Bhubesi and veteran actors Pierre van Pletzen, Rika Sennet, Annelisa Weiland, Sandra Vaughn, and more. The film is suitable for the whole family.

Hoping for endless support from residents of the Northern Cape, Schutte says she is already working on her next project – another script.

Film has gripping storyline

Gideonette de la Rey (13) is a timid girl who lives with her parents in a small town.

Her dad, Gideon, a church minister, battles daily to allay his only daughter’s fears about the so-called curse of the Gideon de la Rey’s.

Everyone in town knows about the curse, because throughout their family history every person who had been given the name had died in a freak accident at a relatively young age.

To show everyone once and for all that the curse is an old wives’ tale, Gideon gave his only daughter the family name.

When her father suddenly

dies, Gideonette’s worst fears are realised.

Now she is the only one left with the cursed name.

Her mother decides to send her to her grandparents’ farm to get away from it all.

Here she meets Bhubesi, a deaf boy who is “training” to become an astronaut.

While her grandfather builds Bhubesi a large Meerkat Moonship, the boy slowly wins Gideonette’s trust.

The two embark on a curious journey of wordless friendship that helps her to realise that you can not hide from death.

But then fate hands her a final blow . . .


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