That’s a wrap on another local film by Benito

2015-09-30 06:00
Benito Carelsen.



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FROM playwright of theatre productions aimed at the youth, to script writer, director and producer of his own films.

This leap was taken by Benito Carelsen, proud product of Port Elizabeth’s northern areas and now owner of BLC Entertainment - his own production company.

Carelsen has just released a film on DVD called My Bra se Tjirrie, which was shot in and around PE and features local actors and former 7de Laan actor, Ficks Mahola.

The drama rotates around three main characters: Mano, his best friend Frankie, and Debbie - Frankie’s girlfriend. The film touches on moral dilemmas such as drug addiction.

“The change from theatre to movies is not a permanent one. I do still love theatre, but right now my primary focus is filmmaking and the development of the industry.”

His dream has always been to be a television and film producer.

“It does not feel like a career, does not feel like work because I enjoy doing it so much,” Carelsen said.

My Bra se Tjirrie is not his first shot at filmmaking.

Carelsen’s first movie, Another Dal Story, was released in 2011. After that he was the producer, head writer and lead actor in a TV comedy series, Songololo.

“After the release of Another Dal Story, which also featured a local cast and crew, I found the movie to be very popular among our community - mostly due to the fact that the audience loves recognising our local actors and locations in movies. The feedback I received was amazing, and it motivated me to shoot more local films. There is definitely a market and opportunity for growth for filmmaking in the Eastern Cape.”

His next film, Who Shot Johnny Charles?, which was also directed, written and produced by Carelsen, will be released early next year.

Then he plans to shoot his biggest film yet, Saltville, during the course of next year.

“This movie is going to be huge. And by huge I mean it could go international since I am working with an international company. More than that I cannot reveal at the moment,” Carelsen said.

The My Bra se Tjirrie DVD can be ordered by contacting Carelsen on 084 653 0245 or e-mail The DVDs cost R50 each

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