Perseverance rolled out on red carpet

2018-11-07 06:02
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Jerome Pikwane, writer-director of The Toko­loshe, shared his success with his home community in Kimberley and the Northern Cape when the movie premiered at a red-carpet event on Thursday night (01/11).

The Ster-Kinekor cinema was closed for public screening, as special guests were hosted.

Pikwane, who was born in Kimberley, with strong family and community roots in the City of Diamonds, expressed how gratifying it was when your own people appreciated what you were doing, as compared to outside people.

The Tokoloshe, which has done extraordinarily well so far, has been given the nod at over ten international film festivals in countries such as Portugal, Spain, England and Korea.

The film has been screened in cinemas throughout South Africa since Friday, 2 November, and has received good reviews from locals.

Pikwane revealed that it had taken him ten years to make the movie. He said had been his dream since high school to become a world-renowned film director. After matric, he pursued his studies at the National School of Arts in Johannesburg, and in no time gained recognition for his work.

He proceeded by furthering his studies in filming at the New York Film Academy, where he once again proved that he had the passion and commitment to excel in this industry.

Pikwane grew into an accomplished and award-winning TV commercial director, directing for brands such as MTN, Sony PlayStation and Metro FM.

He has promised to bring more projects to the Northern Cape.

In response to a question why he wrote The Tokoloshe, Pikwane said he had seen the relevance to the current generation and how social ills could be addressed through telling our own stories.

Asked whether he had any experience of seeing a tokoloshe, he humourously said: “No, but there are a lot of tokoloshes in the world, its just that they don’t look the way we think they do. It’s the way they behave.”

One of the guests, Sabata-Mpho Mokae, expressed satisfaction with the film as a well-written script that ticked all the boxes of a proper horror movie.

He added that the film was reasserting Kimberley as a creative hub.

“In the past few years we have see theatrical work coming out of the city, including literature, and now a movie. I hope this is the beginning of something wonderful,” said Mokae pleased.

He added that the fact that it had taken Pikwane ten years to reach his dream, was an indication that there was no need to take the microwave approach of wanting results instantly.

“We need to be patient, persistent and not give up.”

Tsweledi Morubi said there was no dullness anywhere in the movie.

“This is a depiction of what really happens, and everything is brought to life,” said Morubi.

“It is amazing having our own producing this quality. We can now only move from strength to strength.”

Nomonde Kesiamang said she was impressed by the excellent work done by a local.

“I like the simplicity, yet effectiveness, of the movie, as it keeps you on the edge. It brought out the little girl in me,” she laughed.

She encouraged locals to take on the film and publication, as well as the fine arts, industry. She further said she wished more intense mentorship options would be explored.

A cousin, Pule Pikwane, also expressed his pride as he saw his cousin working hard to get where he is.

“He is a lawyer by profession and I knew about his passion, but I never really knew what to expect.”

The story behind the movie

Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in Johannesburg.

Desperate for the money so she can bring her young sister to Johannesburg, she must cope despite the predatory and corrupt hospital manager.

When Busi discovers an abandoned young girl in the hospital, who believes she is tormented by a supernatural force called a tokoloshe, Busi must face her own demons from her past to save the child from the abusive monster that pursues them both relentlessly.

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