Ex-PE girl to play lead role in SA movie

2015-10-07 06:00
Veronique Rabe who will be playing Lisa, in the first South African science fiction movie “Reconnect”.

Veronique Rabe who will be playing Lisa, in the first South African science fiction movie “Reconnect”. Photo: VERSKAF

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FORMER Port Elizabeth girl Veronique Rabe scooped up the leading female role in South Africa’s first science fiction movie, Reconnect.

The 22-year-old Veronique grew up in Port Elizabeth, and was a learner at Harvest Christian School and Bluewater Bay Christian School, but moved to Sasolburg when she was fourteen.

She is a ballet dancer and a hip hop teacher at Centre Stage Dance Academy, as well as a Entertainment News presenter for the online channel TMtv-SA.

“Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a dancer,” said Veronique. She was a member of the Gelvandale Dance school whilst living in PE.

After matriculating at Vaalpark Artiton High School in Sasolburg, she studied Drama for three years at the Potchefstroom University (PU).

“While I was still studying at PU, a lecturer told me about an audition in Klerksdorp for a South African movie that’s set to get shot right here in SA.” A few days after the audition she got a call, securing her spot on the short list, as well as her seat to Johannesburg for the call backs, where she was later notified that she had got the part.

“I play the role of Lisa, the girlfriend of Eric Scott, one of the IT guys who discovers a robot in an old abandoned warehouse.”

Veronique describes the journey as unbelievable, and something that she had to get used to. “At times we had to shoot till one in the morning, and I couldn’t be or appear tired, as the camera sees when your energy levels are down.”

Her father Shawan Rabe said his daughter had always shown them that art was in her bloodstream. “We are very happy and proud that Veronique got the role, and we as her family hope that from this point forward many more doors will open for her.”

The movie was shot in Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom and is the first of its kind in SA. The premiere was on Friday (October 2), and the movie will make its very first cinema appearance on October 16 in Nu Metro Cinemas.

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